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 Walt Disney

Walt Disney.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hermosa, 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.

 2 Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki.
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bunkyō

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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 3 Jim Henson

Jim Henson.
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Famous As: Puppeteer
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.

 4 Brad Bird

Brad Bird.
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana, United States

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 John Lasseter

John Lasseter.
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hollywood, 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.

 6 Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

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.

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 7 Don Bluth

Don Bluth
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
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 8 Rebecca Sugar

Rebecca Sugar.
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Famous As: Animator, Screenwriter, Director, Songwriter and Producer
Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland
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 9 William Hanna

William Hanna
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Famous As: Animator
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.

 10 Justin Roiland

Justin Roiland
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockton, California, USA

Justin Roiland is an American animator, voice actor, writer, director, and producer. He is credited with co-creating popular adult animated series like Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and Hulu's Solar Opposites. He is also credited with founding an animation studio named Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions as well as a video game studio named Squanch Games.

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 11 Tim Miller

Tim Miller
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: February 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

 12 Eric Stefani

Eric Stefani
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, USA
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 13 John Kricfalusi

John Kricfalusi
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada

 14 Joe Ranft

Joe Ranft.
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pasadena, California
Died: August 16, 2005

 15 Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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.

 16 Butch Hartman

Butch Hartman
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, USA
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 17 Dave Filoni

Dave Filoni
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: June 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States

 18 Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura
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Famous As: Video game artist
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kochi, Japan
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 19 Pete Docter

Pete Docter
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

 20 Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: May 7, 2013
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 21 Neil Cicierega

Neil Cicierega
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

 22 Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: December 30, 2016
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 23 Nick Park

Nick Park
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: December 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England, UK

 24 Travis Knight

Travis Knight
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
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 25 Michael Dante DiMartino

Michael Dante DiMartino
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Famous As: Animation director
Birthdate: July 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shelburne, Vermont, USA

 26 Gene Deitch

Gene Deitch
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: August 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 16, 2020

 27 Pierre Coffin

Pierre Coffin
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Famous As: Voice actor
Birthdate: March 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: France

 28 Bryan Konietzko

Bryan Konietzko
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Famous As: Animation director
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States
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 29 Max Fleischer

Max Fleischer
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: September 25, 1972

 30 Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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 31 Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 32 Oskar Fischinger

Oskar Fischinger
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Famous As: Animator
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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 33 Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma, United States

 34 Bud Luckey

Bud Luckey
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: February 24, 2018

 35 Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 36 Dan Povenmire

Dan Povenmire
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 37 Danny Antonucci

Danny Antonucci
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 38 Walt Dohrn

Walt Dohrn
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States

 39 Glen Keane

Glen Keane
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 40 Tunde Adebimpe

Tunde Adebimpe
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, USA

 41 Dawn Richard

Dawn Richard
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans

 42 Walter Lantz

Walter Lantz
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: April 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: March 22, 1994

 43 Richard Williams

Richard Williams
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019

 44 Robert Clampett

Robert Clampett
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: May 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Diego, California, U.S.
Died: May 2, 1984

 45 Oliver Postgate

Oliver Postgate
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hendon, Middlesex, England
Died: December 8, 2008

 46 Ollie Johnston

Ollie Johnston
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Died: April 14, 2008

 47 Kelly Asbury

Kelly Asbury
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: January 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: June 26, 2020

 48 Greg Tiernan

Greg Tiernan
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: June 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 49 Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: November 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hermosillo, Mexico
Died: September 2, 2008

 50 Iwao Takamoto

Iwao Takamoto
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 8, 2007
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