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Walt Disney
(Pioneer of the American Animation Industry)
Walt Disney
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Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 15, 1966

Walt Disney is considered to be the forerunner of the American animation industry. He has won 22 Oscars and holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual as a film producer. His The Walt Disney Company‍ has produced many successful animation films. He later established amusement theme park, Disneyland, in 1955, which has since grown manifold.

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Seth MacFarlane
(Known for Creating the Television Series Family Guy, American Dad, the Cleveland Show, and the Orville)
Seth MacFarlane
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Birthdate: October 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States

Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of animated television series Family Guy and American Dad. He won many awards for Family Guy, including couple of Emmys. He also created and starred in the sci-fi comedy-drama television series The Orville. He’s worked in films too and acted in and directed Ted and Ted 2. He is also an accomplished singer.

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Hayao Miyazaki
(One of the Most Accomplished Filmmakers in the History of Animation)
Hayao Miyazaki
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Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bunkyo City, Tokyo, Japan

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.

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Jim Henson
(Puppeteer)
Jim Henson
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Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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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Stephen Hillenburg
(American Creator of the Nickelodeon Animated TV Series ‘Spongebob Squarepants')
Stephen Hillenburg
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Birthdate: August 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 26, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg is best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth-longest-running animated series in the U.S, which earned him two Emmys and six Annie Awards. He was initially a marine biologist and an instructor at the Orange County Marine Institute. He died of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.
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Matt Groening
(Cartoonist, Writer and Producer Known for His TV Series ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Futurama’ and ‘Disenchantment’)
Matt Groening
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Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Matt Groening is best known as the creator of the iconic animated sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American primetime TV series and has won Groening 11 Emmys. He had initially gained fame for the comic strip Life in Hell and also created Futurama and the Netflix series Disenchantment.
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John Lasseter
(Animator & Director of Several Pixar Films Like 'Toy Story,' 'A Bug's Life,' & 'Cars')
John Lasseter
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Birthdate: January 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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.
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Matt Stone
(Actor, Writer, Animator, and Composer who Co-Created the Animated Sitcom ‘South Park’)
Matt Stone
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Birthdate: May 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Matt Stone co-created the Comedy Central animated sitcom South Park, with Trey Parker. The duo voiced most of the show’s characters, too. The show won the duo five Emmys and was turned into a film. Stone has also co-directed the Grammy- and Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon, with Parker. 
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William Hanna
(Creator of Popular Cartoon Characters Such as 'Tom and Jerry', 'The Flintstones' and 'Scooby-Doo')
William Hanna
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Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
Died: March 22, 2001
William Hanna was an American animator, best known for creating popular cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. He co-founded the Hanna-Barbera company, along with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera. Their team had produced more than 3,000 half-hour shows for 150 television cartoon series that won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards.
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Rebecca Sugar
(Animator)
Rebecca Sugar
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Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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Don Bluth
(Animator)
Don Bluth
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Birthdate: September 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Joseph Joe Barbera
(Director, Co-Founder of the Animation Studio and Production Company ‘Hanna-Barbera’)
Joseph Joe Barbera
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Birthdate: March 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delancey Street, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006

Joseph Barbera was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, and producer. He is credited with co-producing Tom and Jerry along with William Hanna while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Barbera is also credited with co-founding the popular animation studio Hanna-Barbera which produced world-renowned programs like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Smurfs. Hanna-Barbera's shows have been translated into over 28 languages.

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Dave Filoni
(Animator)
Dave Filoni
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Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
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Pete Docter
(Animator)
Pete Docter
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Birthdate: October 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ub Iwerks
(Animator and Cartoonist Known for Designing the First Images of 'Mickey Mouse')
Ub Iwerks
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Birthdate: March 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 7, 1971

Ub Iwerks was an American cartoonist, animator, inventor, character designer, and special effects technician. He is credited with designing such popular characters as Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Apart from being honored with several Academy Awards for his work, Iwerks was also named a Disney Legend. The Ub Iwerks Award for Technical Achievement is named in his honor.

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Eric Stefani
(Musician)
Eric Stefani
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Birthdate: June 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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John Kricfalusi
(Canadian Voice Actor, Illustrator, Blogger, and Former Animator)
John Kricfalusi
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Birthdate: September 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Pendleton Ward
(American Animator, Screenwriter, Producer and Voice Actor)
Pendleton Ward
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Birthdate: September 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
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Tim Miller
(Film director)
Tim Miller
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Birthdate: February 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
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Neil Cicierega
(Comedian)
Neil Cicierega
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Birthdate: August 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Butch Hartman
(Known for creating the Nickelodeon series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast.)
Butch Hartman
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Birthdate: January 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Travis Knight
(Animator)
Travis Knight
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Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
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Ray Harryhausen
(Artist)
Ray Harryhausen
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Birthdate: June 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: May 7, 2013
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Nick Park
(Animator)
Nick Park
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Birthdate: December 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England, UK
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Masaaki Yuasa
(Japanese Director, Screenwriter and Animator)
Masaaki Yuasa
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Birthdate: March 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

Masaaki Yuasa is a critically acclaimed Japanese animator, director, and screenwriter. He is the co-founder of Science SARU, a Japanese animation studio. He began his career as an animator before moving into directing. Famous for his idiosyncratic art style, he is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. 

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John Dehner
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Birthdate: November 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: February 4, 1992
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Michael Dante DiMartino
(Animation director)
Michael Dante DiMartino
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Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shelburne, Vermont, USA
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Joe Ranft
(Screenwriter)
Joe Ranft
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Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: August 16, 2005
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Gene Deitch
(Animator)
Gene Deitch
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Birthdate: August 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 16, 2020
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J. G. Quintel
(Creator of the Cartoon Network series Regular Show (2010–2017))
J. G. Quintel
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Birthdate: September 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanford, California, United States
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Gorō Miyazaki
(Japanese Director)
Gorō Miyazaki
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Birthdate: January 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Gorō Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, director, and screenwriter. The son of a prominent animator, he consciously decided not to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a landscape architect. Later on, he did enter the film business with the anime epic fantasy film, Tales from Earthsea, his directorial debut. He also served as the screenwriter on this project. 

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Dan Povenmire
(Director)
Dan Povenmire
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Birthdate: September 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Craig McCracken
(Animator)
Craig McCracken
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Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Max Fleischer
(Animator)
Max Fleischer
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Birthdate: July 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: September 25, 1972
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Tyrus Wong
(Chinese-born American Painter, Calligrapher, Animator, Ceramicist, Muralist, Kite-Maker, Lithographer, and Set Designer)
Tyrus Wong
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Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: December 30, 2016
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Bryan Konietzko
(Animation director)
Bryan Konietzko
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States
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Lee Unkrich
(Director)
Lee Unkrich
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Birthdate: August 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Michael Dougherty
(American Writer, Director, Animator and Producer)
Michael Dougherty
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Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Bob Peterson
(Animator)
Bob Peterson
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Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
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Bud Luckey
(Animator)
Bud Luckey
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Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: February 24, 2018
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Richard Williams
(Animator)
Richard Williams
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Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019
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Bruce Timm
(Artist)
Bruce Timm
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Birthdate: February 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States
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Oskar Fischinger
(Animator)
Oskar Fischinger
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Birthdate: June 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: elnhausen, Germany
Died: January 31, 1967

German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter Oskar Fischinger is most-noted for creating abstract musical animation decades before development of computer graphics. Among the 50 short films he made, the short animated film Motion Painting No. 1 is listed on the United States National Film Registry. He also created special effects for the German sci-fi silent film Woman in the Moon.

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Danny Antonucci
(Animator)
Danny Antonucci
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Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Mo Willems
(Animator, Children's writer)
Mo Willems
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Birthdate: February 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
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Walter Lantz
(Cartoonist)
Walter Lantz
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Birthdate: April 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: March 22, 1994
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Bill Melendez
(American Character Animator, Voice Actor, Film Director Known for His Work in 'Peanuts' Animated Series)
Bill Melendez
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Birthdate: November 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hermosillo, Mexico
Died: September 2, 2008

Bill Melendez was a character animator, voice actor, and film director. He is best known for working on the Peanuts animated specials. He began working for Disney in 1935. In an extensive career spanning over six decades, he won six Primetime Emmy Awards. He also had five Grammy Award nominations and one Academy Award nomination. 

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Walt Dohrn
(Writer)
Walt Dohrn
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Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States
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Robert Clampett
(Animator)
Robert Clampett
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Birthdate: May 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California, U.S.
Died: May 2, 1984
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Glen Keane
(Animator)
Glen Keane
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Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States