Animators

Know about the famous animators, including John Kricfalusi, John Lasseter, Michael Dante DiMartino, William Hanna and Butch Hartman. This list of animators includes people from United States, England, Canada, Japan, France and many more countries.

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 1 Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

Considered one of the most prominent filmmakers in the history of animated films, Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has gained worldwide acclaim as a maker of animated films and a masterful storyteller. Miyazaki has served as an inspiration to several world-renowned animators and directors, including James Cameron and Wes Anderson.

 2 Jim Henson

Jim Henson
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Famous As: Puppeteer
Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 1990

Jim Henson was an American animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, inventor, actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer. He is credited with creating The Muppets, an ensemble cast of puppet characters, for which he achieved worldwide popularity. He is also credited with co-founding Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which eventually became The Jim Henson Company. In 2011, Jim Henson was named a Disney Legend.

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 3 John Lasseter

John Lasseter
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Animator and director John Lasseter is best known for films such as Toy Story and A Bug's Life. He won two Academy Awards, one for Toy Story and the other for Tin Toy. He was the CEO of Pixar and Walt Disney Feature, but later quit amidst sexual misconduct allegations.

 4 Brad Bird

Brad Bird
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Brad Bird is an American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Mentored by Milt Kahl, Bird developed a love for animation at an early age. He then went on to work at Pixar and developed films like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, winning Academy Awards for both. He also holds the record for the most number of Annie Award wins. 

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 5 Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and narrator. The son of actor, Jon Pertwee, Sean followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Apart from playing important roles in films like Dog Soldiers, he is also known for his work as a narrator in TV shows, such as Zero Hour and MasterChef: The Professionals.

 6 Don Bluth

Don Bluth
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 7 Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar
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Famous As: Animator, Screenwriter, Director, Songwriter and Producer
Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 8 Tim Miller

Tim Miller
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: February 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 9 William Hanna

William Hanna
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 22, 2001

 10 Eric Stefani

Eric Stefani
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 11 Dave Filoni

Dave Filoni
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 12 Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 7, 1971

 13 Pete Docter

Pete Docter
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 14 John Kricfalusi

John Kricfalusi
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
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 15 Joe Ranft

Joe Ranft
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2005

 16 Travis Knight

Travis Knight
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 17 Butch Hartman

Butch Hartman
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 18 Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura
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Famous As: Video game artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
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 19 Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese, American
Died: December 30, 2016

 20 Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, American
Died: May 7, 2013
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 21 Nick Park

Nick Park
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: December 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 22 Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: August 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: April 16, 2020
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 23 Michael Dante DiMartino

Michael Dante DiMartino
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Famous As: Animation director
Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 Neil Cicierega

Neil Cicierega
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 25 Pierre Coffin

Pierre Coffin
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

 26 Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 27 Bryan Konietzko

Bryan Konietzko
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Famous As: Animation director
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 29 Max Fleischer

Max Fleischer
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 25, 1972

 30 Bud Luckey

Bud Luckey
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2018
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 31 Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 32 Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 33 Dan Povenmire

Dan Povenmire
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Danny Antonucci

Danny Antonucci
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
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 35 Richard Williams

Richard Williams
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, British
Died: August 16, 2019

 36 Walt Dohrn

Walt Dohrn
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 37 Tunde Adebimpe

Tunde Adebimpe
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 38 Glen Keane

Glen Keane
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 40 Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: November 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Mexican, American
Died: September 2, 2008

 41 Walter Lantz

Walter Lantz
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: April 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 22, 1994

 42 Robert Clampett

Robert Clampett
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: May 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 1984

 43 Ollie Johnston

Ollie Johnston
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 14, 2008

 44 Oliver Postgate

Oliver Postgate
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: December 8, 2008

 45 Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 26, 2020

 46 Iwao Takamoto

Iwao Takamoto
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 8, 2007

 47 Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 2002

 48 George Pal

George Pal
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: February 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: May 2, 1980

 49 Bill Peet

Bill Peet
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: January 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 11, 2002

 50 Marc Davis

Marc Davis
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 2000
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