From Mickey Mouse to Woody and Buzz, animations have made our wildest dreams come to life, and have provided ways for children and adults alike to revel in fantasy worlds that might not otherwise be possible to create save for animation. But who are the famous animators behind some of these awesome movies that mark pivotal moments in our lives? This article explores the world of famous animators and their notable works.
Of course Walt Disney is first on the list. The father of animation himself and one of the world’s most famous animators, Walter Elias Disney is the proud creator of the Disney Company, and the even prouder owner of 22 Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award. With a signature that is recognized the world over, Walt Disney is best known for creating Mickey Mouse in 1928 as one of the earliest American animated movies. Disney took an early interest in drawing, and by 18, he was working as a commercial illustrator. Some of Walt Disney’s most famous movies include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Bambi (1942), and Cinderella (1950). Walt Disney passed away on December 15, 1966 at his home in Burbank, CA.
Known for his imaginatively creepy animated movies, Tim Burton, one of America’s most famous animators as of late, revolutionized the American animation scene through the use of his macabre yet enticing animation tactics. One of his most famous films that drew attention to this famous animator’s unorthodox style was the 1993 hit, The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was later followed by animation sequences in the famed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the worldwide hit, Alice in Wonderland (2010). Born in Burbank, CA, Burton found solace in watching and reading the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl, from who he still draws inspiration today.
Nina Paley is among the ranks of famous animators due to her revolutionary comic strips, The Hots and Nina’s Adventures. Paley is also known for using her drawings and animations to draw attention to feminist issues as well as cultural awareness. One of her more notable works is Sita Sings the Blues, a children’s television show that ran from 2003-2008 and explored Indian culture as well as women’s rights. Paley has always been fascinated art, and studied it for two years at the University of Illinois.
John Lasseter joins the elite club of famous animators and very much deserves the title of Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. This animator is bursting with creativity and artistic ability. Ironically, Lasseter was initially fired from his job as a Disney Animator way back when for advocating computer animation. All bad blood was soon forgotten years later when Lasseter proved to be a revolutionary in combining hand-drawn art with computer animation skills. Some of Lasseter’s noteworthy projects include Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), and, he is the current executive producer of The Incredibles 2, which is slated to come to theatres in 2019.