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Wesley "Wes" Ford Takahashi is an animator who worked for Industrial Light & Magic as matte animator on the opening sequence of Star Trek: The Next Generation and as animation supervisor on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Takahashi worked as storyboard artist for the animated television series Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (1984) and as assistant animator on the animated movie American Pop (1981). He joined ILM and worked as animator on the family adventure The Goonies (1985), the science fiction film Back to the Future (1985), the horror sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), the action drama Top Gun (1986), and the science fiction film *batteries not included (1987).
Further credits as animation supervisor for ILM include the fantasy adventure Willow (1988, with Barbara Affonso, Craig Barron, David Carson, and Jeff Mann), the adventure Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1988), the science fiction film The Abyss (1989), the science fiction sequels Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990), the comic adaptation The Rocketeer (1991, starring William O. Campbell), the fantasy adventure Hook (1991), the horror comedy Death Becomes Her (1992), and the horror film The Frighteners (1996) for which he received a Saturn Award nomination in the category Best Special Effects in 1997.
More recent credits as visual effects producer include the comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), the comedies Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) and Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009), the mystery movie S. Darko (2009), the romance I Know a Woman's Heart (2011), and the drama Black November (2012).