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  • Alexandre Alexandrovitch Alexeieff

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    "Alexandre Alexeieff was a Russian Paris-based illustrator and animator best known for inventing the pinscreen and totalization animation techniques with Claire Parker.Alexeieff was born inKazan,Russiain 1901. However, the family soon moved to Istanbu..."

    Alexandre Alexeieff & Claire Parker

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    "Alexeieff and Parker were a husband and wife duo who developed the animation technique of pinscreen animation in Paris ..."

    Kevin Altieri

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    "Kevin Alteri is an American television director of animated cartoons. He is best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and Pearl Jam's music video "Do the Evolution". A versatile talent lent to a long and project filed career in animation..."

    Pete Alvarado

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    "Pete Alvarado was born in 1920 and was raised in Glendale, California. He attended Chouinard Art Institute. Soon after graduating from art school he was hired at Disney as an animation assistant and first worked on Snow White and Dumbo. He worked mos..."

    Ken Anderson

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    "Versatile talent lent to a long and project filed career in animation. Remembered best for his work as art director on Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)."

    Carl Thomas Anderson

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    "Anderson was a cartoonists and comic strip artist most well-known for his drawings of Henry. Anderson began his career as a cartoonist for the Philadelphia Times drawing fashion illustrations in 1894. Throughout his career, Anderson worked for the N..."

    Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson

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    "Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson was an American animator, cartoonist, comic strip artist, and sculptor. He was nicknamed 'Vet' because he was a veteran of the Spanish American War. At the beginning of the 20th century, Anderson worked as a cartoonist ..."

    Frederick Bean (Fred, Tex) Avery

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    "Tex Avery was a natural artist from a young age, he did a comic book in high school, and he went to an art college. He was famous for producing cartoons during the "Golden Age of Hollywood". He is most synonymous for the work he did for Warner Bros. ..."

    Arthur (Art) Babbitt

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    "Art was born in Omaha of Russian Jewish ancestry. Soon after High School he took himself to New York where he slummed around doing odd jobs and eating stale food to put himself through Columbia College Pre Med. He tried some jobs drawing cartoons and..."

    Frederic Back

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    "Frederic Back was born in Saarbrucken, Germany April 8 1924. Frederic Back is now 82 years old. He had emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1948 and had become well known as an award-winning Canadian animator/producer."

    Chris Bailey

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    "Bailey's interest in drawing began as a child reading comic books and he hoped to one become an illustrator. While watching Warner Bros. cartoons, he started to consider a career in  animation. He worked hard to create a portfolio and applied for Ca..."

    Joseph Barbera

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    "Most people know him from the famous Hanna-Barbera studios cartoons, such as The Flintstones, The Smurfs, and Scooby-Doo, but there was much more to the man's career."

    Carl Barks

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    "Carl Barks was an American cartoonist who was most well-known for drawing Donald Duck as well as creating the iconic character of Scrooge McDuck. "

    Raoul Barré

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    "Barré began his career as a newspaper illustrator in his native Quebec but moved to New York in 1903, where he continued to illustrate for various newspapers and magazines. Simultaneously, he started, together with William Nolan, the first animation..."

    Arthur (Art) Bartsch

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    "Bartsch spent his entire career at Terrytoons. He started working at the studio in the 1940s, becoming a director in 1958. Throughout his career he worked on numerous animations starring studio's most celebrated characters: Sydney the Elephant, Sad C..."

    Warren Batchelder

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    "Warren Batchelder began his career working on short animated films in 1938. He worked for Warner Brothers, animating for Robert McKimson and..."

    Cecil Beard

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    "Art, cartooning and story writing had Cecil's main interests all his life. At the tender age of 13 he saved up money he had earned with after school jobs and sent for a mail order cartooning course. He took those lessons very seriously, practicing al..."

    Edward (Ed) Benedict

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    "Ed Benedict was born in Ohio in 1912. Known as one of the "greats" of animation's Golden Age, he began at Disney in 1930 and continued his career working at Universal on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and MGM under Tex Avery. He is best known as the primary..."

    Robert (Bob) Bentley

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    "Bentley began his adventure with animation in the late 1920s. By the mid 1930s, he worked as an animator for Leon Schlesinger. In 1938 he temporarily moved to Fleischer Studios to work on the feature Gulliver’s Travels (1939), and in 1941 moved to ..."

    Richard Bickenbach

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    "Richard Bickenbach was born in Indiana August 9 1907. He moved to Los Angeles California during the 1930’s where he became a longtime animator for Hanna-Barbara. Spending the first years of his animation career (the 1930s, 1940s) working as a layou..."

    Brad Bird

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    "Brad started his first animated cartoon at age eleven and finished it at fourteen. The film attracted the attention of Disney Studios which offered the young legend a chance to come be mentored by Milt Kahl, one of the Nine Old Men. After graduating ..."

    Norman (Norm) Blackburn

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    "Blackburn began his adventure with animation in the late 1920s, probably in 1927, at Walt Disney Studios, where he worked with Rudolf Ising, Hugh Harman and Isadore Freleng. The friendship with those animators proved fruitful for Blackburn since afte..."

    James Stuart Blackton

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    "James Stuart Blackton, born in Lincolnshire England, was a cartoonist and journalist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and  New York's Evening World. He did brisk business in a vaudeville act called Lightning Sketches, where the cartoonist draws as he le..."

    Preston Blair

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    "When Preston worked in animation, he accomplished many notable achievements. Preston Started as a fine artist and exhibited in the California Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society in New York. Blair's animation career began in 1931 w..."

    Mary Blair

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    "Mary Blair was an American animator, best known for her work with Disney Studios."

    Don Bluth

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    "Don Bluth began his career as an "in betweener" at Disney Studios in Burbank. After working on the movie "Sleeping Beauty" he left Disney and became a Mormon missionary in Argentina. Upon returning he decided to continue his formal education at Brigh..."

    Sadie Friedlander Bodin

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    "Sadie Bodin was an extremely influential animator, being the first to picket an animation studio during the fight for animation workers' rights in the 1930s. Bodin was also one of the few women animators to move up into managerial positions, becoming..."

    Jack Bogle

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    "Bogle was one of the first artists drawing, inking and creating the story for the comic strip of Felix the Cat, starting in 1927. He is also reported to be part of Pat Sullivan Studio working on the Felix the Cat animated series. He also briefly work..."

    Theodore Bonnicksen

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    "Bonnicksen is most famous for his work at the Walt Disney Studios, where he worked as an animator on Donald Duck animations, and Warner Bros. Cartoons, where he animated various Looney Tunes and  Merrie Melodies."

    Stephen Bosustow

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    "Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, Bosustow was an influential animator who co-founded United Productions of America (UPA) Studios. Bosustow started working in animation as an assistant to Ub Iwerks in the early 1930's. The next year found him working ..."

    Bruno Bozzetto

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    "Born in Milano, Italy, in 1938, Bruno Bozzetto produced three animated feature films "West & Soda", "Vip my brother superman", "Allegro non troppo" and many animated shorts. He has been awarded many prizes among which the Golden Bear to "Mister T..."

    John Randolph Bray

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    "John Randolph Bray was the founder of Bray Studios, one of the first studios dedicated to animation. He did it all from producing and directing to acting and animating. Bray's goal was to have four units working on four cartoons at any one time, that..."

    Leighton Budd

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    "Budd had a short lived career in the animation industry. After working at Bray Studio in 1917, where we created the Lunyland series, he moved to Barre-Bowers Studio for four years, where he worked on the Mutt and Jeff series. He also created a short ..."

    Wilson D. (Pete) Burness

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    "Throughout his career, Burness worked for a number of various studios. He began his career in animation as in-betweener for Romer Grey and Ted Eshbaugh. He quickly moved to Van Beuren Studios, where he animated The Little King series, to Harman-Ising..."

    Mark Caballero

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    "Mark Caballero is a 1st Generation Spanish American. After High school he studied at UCLA Extension and met Seamus Walsh. In 1998 Caballero worked with Walsh in making short films such as “Old Man and the Goblins” and in 1999 “Graveyard Jambore..."

    John Canemaker

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    "John Canemaker is an Academy Award-winning animator and an internationally renowned animation historian and teacher. A key figure in American independent animation, Canemaker’s work has a distinctive personal style emphasizing emotion, personality ..."

    George (Geo.) Cannata

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    "Cannata was one of the first artists to join the small Pat Sullivan Studio in 1923. He moved through the ranks at the studio from being an inker, a cel painter, to an animator for the studio's famous Felix the Cat series. Later in his career, he freq..."

    Robert (Bobe) Cannon

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    "Cannon began his career in animation at Leon Schlesinger Productions in 1934 as an assistant to the studio's top animators, Bob Clampett and Charles Jones. After two years, he was promoted to the position of an animator, and as part of so called Term..."

    Al Capp

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    "During and after World War II, Capp worked tirelessly going to hospitals to entertain patients, often accompanied by his friend Milton Caniff. Capp especially wanted to cheer up recent amputees, and explain that the loss of a limb did not mean an end..."

    John Nelson (Jack) Carey

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    "Carey's entire career in the field of animation is associated with Leon Schlesinger Productions/Warner Bros. Cartoons, where he started in 1935 as in-betweener and assistant animator for Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies. After two years at the studi..."

    Wallace A. (Wally) Carlson

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    "Carlson's first job was in the publishing industry, but by 1914 he turned to animation. His first effort in animation was Joe Boko series, directed and produced by Carlson, and produced by Essanay Pictures and Powers Universal. He wrote, directed and..."

    Robert W. Jr. (Bob) Carlson

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    "Carlson devoted more than 20 years of his professional career to Walt Disney Studios. He started working at the studio in 1935, and soon was part of the team working on the classic Disney short and feature films, such as the Silly Symphony series, an..."

    Bill Cause

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    "Cause is mostly known in the animation industry for replacing Otto Messmer and other Pat Sullivan's animators, who were drafted to fight in the First World War, at Sullivan's Studio. However, the series created by Cause, Box Car Bill, was unsuccessful."

    Germain A. (Gerry) Chiniquy

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    "Throughout his career, Chiniquy was involved with two animation studios: Warner Bros. and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises , where he worked as an animator with and under the supervision of Friz Freleng. Chiniquy started at Leon Schlesinger Productions in..."

    Bob Clampett

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    "By 12, Clampett had cartoons published by the Los Angeles Examiner. Later his father signed a contract to allow him to work after school with the Examiner alongside great cartoonists like Robert Day, Webb Smith, and Charles Phillipi. After graduatin..."

    Les Clark

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    "Les Clark was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1907. He attended the elementary school there until his parents decided to move to Los Angeles. It was there that he graduated from Venice Highschool, 4 days before he began working for Walt Disney. He joined the..."

    Art Clokey

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    "He was born in 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. When he was young, he was adopted by Joseph Clokey who was a dean of fine arts at Miami University. His father encouraged to develop his artistic skill. Clokey use to visit his grand father's farm and pl..."

    Benjamin (Ben) Clopton

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    "Clopton worked in the animation industry during its Golden Age. He started at Harrison-Gould Studio, and moved to Walt Disney Studios, where he animated the Oswald the Rabbit series, Iwerks Studio, Leon Schlesinger Productions, and lastly to Fleische..."

    Claude Coates

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    "Coates began his career with The Walt Disney Company in 1935 after earning a B.A. degree in architecture and fine arts from USC and studying at the Chouinard Art Institute. As a background painter at the Disney Studios, he contributed to the backgrou..."

    Herman R. Cohen

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    "Cohen was a long time animator working from the Golden Age of animation to the early 1970s at various studios. He animated the Betty Boop series at Fleischer Studios, animations featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester, among o..."

    Émile (Eugène Jean Louis) Courtet

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    "Émile Cohl was an important early independent cartoonist and animator, who was a caricaturist in the "Incoherent Movement" and has often been called "The Father of the Animated Cartoon.""

    Vincent Colby

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    "Vincent Colby was an American artist whose work was popular in the early 1900's. He briefly worked in the animation industry at Bray Studio, where he animated and possibly directed two short films, I Should Worry (1915) and Seven Cutey Puppies (1917)."

    Pinto Colvig

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    "Vance DeBar “Pinto” Colvig was born in Jacksonville, Oregon, Colvig is probably best known as the voice of Disney's Goofy and the original Bozo the Clown, a part he played for a full decade beginning in 1946.[1] He also provided the voice for Pra..."

    Émile Cohl

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    "Cohl was a French caricaturist, cartoonist and animator, who was among the first people to experiment with the animated cartoon. "

    Roland Crandall

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    "Roland Crandall - nicknamed "Doc" - was one of the most important animators to work for the Fleischer Bros., working on the Ko-Ko the Clown series, Betty Boop, and Popeye, as well as their feature Gulliver's Travels. In 1923 he married Julia Hoffman..."

    Fred Crippen

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    "Fred Crippen was born in the United States. Crippen is famous for being an animation director in many shorts and movies. Crippen’s occupational title is animation producer, director, writer and animator. He is one of those professional animators th..."

    Shamus Culhane

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    "Born in Massachusetts, worked in NY in twenties, moved to LA in 1930s,To Florida for Fleischer Studio in 1939. back to LA for Walter Lantz, after WWII to New York to participate in early TV advertising. Settled in NY and started own studio. Retired i..."

    Jack Cutting

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    "Cutting was one of the first, and most loyal, employees at Walt Disney Studios. Throughout his career at the studio, he moved through the ranks starting from being an in-betweener, an animator for the Mickey Mouse series, an assistant director to Dav..."

    Joseph (Joe) D’Igalo

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    "D'Igalo began his career in animation at Walt Disney Productions in 1930, where he worked on the Silly Symphonies and the Mickey Mouse series. Three years later, he moved to Walter Lantz Productions and helped with the creation of the Oswald the Rabb..."

    Cal Dalton

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    "Cal Dalton was an American animator who devoted his entire animation career to Leon Schlesinger Productions and Warner Bros. Cartoons.Dalton was first introduced to the field of animation at Romer Grey's studio and Ted Eshbaugh's studio, where he wor..."

    Tissa David

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    "Tissa David was born in Transylvania on January 5, 1921. She received her education at the Academy of Beaux Arts, as well as co-owning an animation studio at the same place. After beginning her animation career in 1943 in Budapest, David escaped to P..."

    Emanuel (Mannie) Davis

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    "Davis began his career in 1918 at Barré Studio where he worked on the Mutt and Jeff series. He left the studio in 1922 and moved to Fleischer Studios to work on the Out of the Inkwell series. After leaving the Fleischers in 1924, Davis joined Aesop..."

    James (Jim) Davis

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    "Davis started in the animation industry as an in-betweener for Walt Disney Productions in 1936. In the same year, he became an animator at Harman-Ising Productions, later at Leon Schlesinger Productions, and Fleischer Studios. While at the later stud..."

    Arthur (Art) Davis

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    "Arthur Davis was born on June 14th, 1905 in Yonkers, New York. He started his animation career in early 30s and moved around many studios and worked on over 200 animations as a director and animator. He worked some time at Screen Gems, and moved onto..."

    Marc Davis

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    "Began working with Disney on December 2nd 1935, during the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He developed and animated many of the best-remembered characters, including Thumper from Bambi (1942), Cinderella (1951), Tinker Bell in Peter P..."

    Gene Deitch

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    "Gene Deitch was a frequent contributor to The Record Changer, a jazz magazine, from 1945 to 1951. He started out as an apprentice in UPA studios, working as an Assistant Production Designer on the first Mister Magoo cartoons for Columbia Pictures. Wi..."

    Andreas Deja

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    "Deja has worked in Disney more than two decades. He was always a fan of Disney since he was little. He wanted to become an animator in Disney studio when he saw Jungle Book at 10 years old. Then he went to art school to study graphic design and human..."

    John Dilworth

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    "1991-present President, STRETCH FILMS, Inc. Animation Studio founded by John R. Dilworth, producing and directing award-winning films that have been screened at film festivals and theaters worldwide, and have been included in film programs at the Met..."

    Walt Disney

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    "In 1919, Walt landed a job with the Pesmen-Rubin Commercial Art Studio making $50 a month. There, he met a young artist named Ubbe Iwwerks. The two became friends and formed their own company called Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists. Ubbe handled the ..."

    Edward (Eddie, Ed) Donnelly

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    "Donnelly's career in the animation industry is mostly associated with Paul Terry and his two animation studios, Aesop's Fables Studio and Terrytoons. Donnelly started at the former studio in 1926. When Aesop's Fables Studio was reorganized and rename..."

    Paul Dreissen

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    "After attending the Academy of Arts, Utrecht he at first set out to be an illustrator and pitched to several magazines to become a cartoonist. However while searching for work he landed a job at the Cine Cartoon Center in Hilversum, Holland where lea..."

    George Dunning

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    "George Dunning is accredited with many accomplishments but, he is mostly known for his work on The Beatle's animation, The Yellow Submarine. He had joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1943 after studying at the Ontario School of Arts. He dire..."

    Earl Duvall

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    "Duvall had a promising but short lived career in the animation industry. He first started working as a layout artist and later a member of the story department at Walt Disney Productions. During this time, he also worked as a cartoonist on Mickey Mou..."

    Robert Edmunds

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    "Robert Edmunds had a very brief career in the animation industry. He worked as an animator for Walt Disney on the Alice Comedies series in 1927, and Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising in 1931 on the Bosko series."

    Rudolph Eggeman

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    "Eggeman was briefly employed at Fleischer Studios as an animator working on the Betty Boop series."

    Harvey Eisenberg

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    "Inker/Assistant Animator at Fleishcer studio, 1930-31 and at Van Buren studio from 30-36. Worked on Tom and Jerry from 1941 to 45 as a layout artist. Worked again with Hanna-Barbera from 1960-1965 as a Character Designer, Layout artist, and storyboar..."

    Isadore (Izzy) Ellis

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    "Ellis had a long career in the animation industry, which started at Ub Iwerks Studio in 1935. After three years, Ellis moved to Leon Schlesinger Productions, and worked as an animator on Porky Pig animations and Looney Tunes. After Schlesinger's stud..."

    Leslie (Les) Elton

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    "He began his career in the animation industry during the silent period. He was first hired as an animator by Bray Studios, and was soon promoted to the position of director. Subsequently, he worked on the Cinema Luke, and The Whoozit Weekly series fo..."

    Jules Engels

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    "Jules Engels was a prolific American animator, artist, director and teacher, where he founded the Experimental Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, where he worked until his death in 2003, serving as a mentor to new generations ..."

    Osmond (Ozzie) Evans

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    "He started as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the late 1930s and worked on Donald Duck and Ferdinand the Bull animations. In the 1940s, Evans worked for Ted Eshbaugh and US Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit, where he animated t..."

    Norman Ferguson

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    "Norm Ferguson was hired by Walt Disney in 1929. It was not until 1931 when Norm finally received recognition through his creation of Pluto. No other animator had the same handle on the character than him. His skill on handling Pluto was showcased in ..."

    Oskar Fischinger

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    "An interest in combining music and conceptual designs brought Fischinger to experiment with sound synchronization on film (this was a newer process at the time). He created a series of works titled Studies. Fischinger achieved success in 1930 with ex..."

    Oskar Fischinger

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    "Oskar Fischinger was a German-American painter, filmmaker and abstract animator. He invented several tools and techniques for special effects. While personally producing a vast amount of abstract fine art and film, he also collaborated with pioneer f..."

    Emil Flohri

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    "At the beginning of the 20th century, Flohri was a well known political cartoonist. He joined Leslie's Magazine as a young boy and worked his way up to the position of Washington political cartoonist and illustrator.After moving to Los Angeles in the..."

    F.M. (Foster Morse) Follett

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    "F.M. (Foster Morse) Follett worked as an animator during the silent era. He animated the Quacky Doodles series for Bray Productions, the Mutt and Jeff series for Barré Studio and later for Jefferson Film Corporation."

    John Foster

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    "John Foster began his career in animation at Aesop’s Fables Studio along side such animators as Paul Terry, Frank Moser and Mannie Davis, among others. He continued to work on the Aesop’s Fables series at Van Beuren Studios from 1929 to 1932. The..."

    Warren Foster

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    "Warren Foster was an American animator, writer and composer, known for his work first at Warner Bros. and later at Hanna-Barbera. "

    Isadore “Friz” Frelang

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    "Although little is known of I. Freleng’s life outside the studio his cartoons could be seen worldwide. Freleng’s Early Career I “Friz”Freleng short for Isadore Freleng was born on August 21st in 1906.Freleng first started out his career in an..."

    Lillian Friedman Foster

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    "Lilian Friedman Astor was the first American female studio animator and worked at Fleischer studios. "

    Ving Fuller

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    "Fuller's first position was of as a gag cartoonist for the Daily Graphic in the early 1920s. In 1925, he moved to the animation industry and started working as an animator at Bray Productions. However, his career as an animator was short lived and he..."

    Clyde (Gerry) Geronimi

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    "Geronimi had a sister named Emma and a brother name Larry. They were born in Chiavenna, a town of Lombardy, Italy, in the province of Sondrio, and came to the US through Ellis Island around the year 1903."

    Burt Gillett

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    "Burt Gillett was one of the first novice animators to come to Walt Disney Studios and work alongside Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He took a number of important directorial positions at the studio, directing a few of Disney's most important early animat..."

    Bob Givens

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    "“I went to Chouinard, mostly nights, and then I went to Bistram School, New York Art Students League and Jepson in Los Angeles. Quite a bit of art training then and over the years…Drawing is the basis of all this business. You can’t get too muc..."

    Louise M. Glackens

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    "Glackens debuted as a cartoonist at Puck in the 1890's. After the magazine was sold in 1914, Glackens found employment at Barré Studio and Bray Productions, where he worked as an animator on the Mutt and Jeff series, and as a director on Goldwyn-Bra..."

    Eric Goldberg

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    "PA and at the early age of 4 years old, the American- born animator was already ‘hooked’ on early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, the Mickey Mouse Club and The Woody Woodpecker Show. Eric was fascinated by Walter Lantz’s demonstrations each week and he..."

    Francis Lyle Goldman

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    "Goldman began his career in the animation industry at Bray Productions where he worked on the Goldwyn-Bray Pictographs (1919-1920) as an animator, director and storyman. At the end of the 1920s, he found employment under the supervision of Paul Terry..."

    George Gordon

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    "Gordon started working in the animation industry in 1930 at Moser-Terry-Coffman Studio as an animator on the Jesse and James, and Farmer Al Falfa series. Two years later, he moved to Terrytoons with one of his previous employers, Paul Terry. After a ..."

    Bernhard August (Hardie) Gramatky

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    "Gramatky was already a well know watercolor painter when he started working in the animation industry. For six years, he worked as an assistant animator and animator on Mickey Mouse animations for Walt Disney.After leaving Walt Disney Productions in ..."

    Paul Grimault

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    "Paul Grimault studied graphic design at the School of Applied Arts in Paris, though soon after graduating his friends directed him towards animation. He began, as many early animators, doing short films for advertisement. He and Andre Sarrut decided ..."

    William Hanna

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    "William Hanna was a seven-time Oscar winning animation legend, who along with partner Joseph Barbera created hundreds of the most memorable cartoon characters and shorts. These characters inclu..."

    William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

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    "William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were two animators from MGM who began their own animated television studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions; a studio which would dominate and transform the industry from the 60s to the end of the century.William Denby “B..."

    Ben “Bugs” Hardaway

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    "Ben Hardaway was an American storyboard artist, voice actor, animator and gagman during the Golden Age of American animation. Supplying the voice of Woody Woodpecker in many cartoon shorts, Hardaway was the man who gave "Bugs Bunny" his iconic name. "

    Laverne Harding

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    "Laverne Harding was the second female studio animator in history, and one of the first to receive onscreen credit for her work. She started out as an inker for the Walter Lantz Productions, moving on to do animation work for several of the Lantz Prod..."

    Hugh Harman

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    "Hugh Harman was a three time Oscar nominated animator who founded the MGM Animation Studios as well as Warner B..."

    John and Faith Hubley

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    "John and Faith Hubley were both Academy Award winning animators. "

    Rudy Ising

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    "Ising began his animation career first working for Walt Disney, and was the lifelong business partner of Hugh Harman, producing Oscar-winni..."

    Ub Iwerks

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    "Iwerks was working as an artist at the Pesman-Rubin Commercial Art Studio in Kansas City when he met Walt Disney. They became good friends and colleagues. They made notable attempts at starting their own business together in Kansas City including Lau..."

    Wilfred Jackson

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    "Came to Disney in the midst of the loss of Oswald the rabbit to Warner Brothers. Originally a musician, he worked on synchronization for animation shorts. Became a director on accident. Early Life/Family: Married in 1929 to Jane, last name not found...."

    Chuck Jones

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    "Chuck Jones was a 14 time Oscar nominee who created over 300 hundred animated films, including some of Warner Bros. most memorable cartoon characters, as well as producing many television specials, and full-length features."

    Bill Justice

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    "Bill Justice initially studied portrait art at the John Herron Art Institute, but almost immediately after graduating, he went on to work for the Walt Disney Studios. He would spend the next 42 years with the company as a successful animator, and a p..."

    Milton (Milt) Kahl

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    "Milt Kahl was an renown animator and director who was a part of Disney's group of “Nine Old Men”, who created and designed many Disney characters, and whose distinctive style had a large influence within the history of the studio. "

    Ward Walrath Kimball

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    "Ward Kimball was a prolific animator for Walt Disney, part of the earliest team of core animators known as "Disney's Nine Old Men." While extremely influential, his importance in the early days of Disney has meant that biographers have encountered se..."

    Seymour Kneitel

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    "Seymour Kneitel was an early American animator, most well known for his work with Fleischer Studios. After the studio closed, he headed its successor, Famous Studios."

    Bob Kurtz

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    "His career started when he began writing the pink panther series."

    Gregory La Cava

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    "Gregory La Cava was an American director and animator, best remembered for his films in the '30s. Born in Pensylvania, La Cava got his early start animating for Raoul Barré in 1913. After being s..."

    Michael Lah

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    "Michael Lah was a noted MGM animator and director, as well as being the understudy of Tex Avery. Lah helped redesign the well-known Barney Bear character, and directed many screwball cartoons, including one that garnered him an Academy Award nomina..."

    Walter Lantz

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    "Walter Lantz was born into a family of Italian immigrants in Westchester County, 16 miles from New York City. Watching Gertie the Dinosaur immediately ignited his passion for animation. While working as an auto mechanic by day, he met a shop customer..."

    Sidney (Sid) Marcus

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    "Marcus began his career in animation in 1916 as an animator for William Randolph Hearst's International Film Service, where he animated the Krazy Kat series. In 1925, he joined Associated Animators in order to work on Mutt and Jeff animations for Sho..."

    Kenzō Masaoka

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    "Masaoka was one of the first Japanese animators, who also trained and guided artists who would move on to become the next generation of animators. Masaoka is credited with creating the earliest anime using cel animation and recorded sound. He has als..."

    Pat Matthews

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    "Pat Matthews was an American animator who got his start as an inbetweener for Walt Disney in 1938. He worked on Pinocchio and received screen credit but lost his job after the inbetweeners went on strike. Later, Matthews went to work at Walter Lant..."

    Norman McCabe

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    "Norman McCabe was a British born Warner Bros. animator and director, with a long spanning career lasting well into the 90's. He helped bring to life many cartoon series, as well as feature length animations, including work on the Oscar-winning Pink P..."

    Winsor McCay

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    "Winsor McCay was born in Ontario, and is considered one of the pioneers of film animation, having produced, directed (with the help of J.S. Blackton) and animated the world’s first fully animated cartoons. McCay was best known for his Sunday comi..."

    Robert “Bob” McKimson

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    "Bob McKimson was one of the most-underrated and overlooked animators who worked at Warner Bros. during the golden age of animation. He directed many Academy Award-nominated shorts as a part of Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies series, creating cha..."

    Norman McLaren

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    "One of the most influential animators in Canadian history, McLaren worked largely for the National Film Board of Canada, creating the Oscar-nominated short Neighbours in 1952.  Over the course of his lifetime, McClaren won over two hundred internati..."

    Margaret Mintz nee Winkler

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    "A crucial figure in the history of the American animation industry, Margaret Winkler was the first woman to produce and distribute animated films, including early works of the Dave and

    Robert Fred “Freddie” Moore

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    "Freddie Moore was a highly influential animator with Walt Disney Productions in a crucial era of its development during the 30s, up until the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and the establishment of the core group of animators k..."

    Frank Moser

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    "Similarly to other animators, Moser started his career as a cartoonist for newspapers and print publications. Soon, however, he turned his attention to animation, and in 1915 started working for Barré Studio, where he animated The Animated Grouch Ch..."

    Grant Munro

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    "Grant Munro was an animator, actor, producer and filmmaker with the National Film Board of Canada, who was instrumental in many of the first developments of the film board and its associated studios. He was one of the board's earliest and longest ser..."

    Myron (Grim) Natwick

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    "Myron Natwick was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1890 and died 100 years later in LA, California of pneumonia and heart disease. He is best known for creating the most popular character from 

    Charles Augustus Nichols (“Nick”)

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    ""Nick" Nichols was an Academy Award winning animator and director who first came into prominence working for Disney Studios, hired on December 31st, in 1937. In years to come he would work ..."

    Bill Nolan

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    "Bill Nolar started in New York doing crazy cat on Felix the Cat. He worked for Lantz Studios during the mid 40s."

    Lester Novros

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    "Novros was an oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, animator and artist, as well as being a professor and a film designer, who made many breakthroughs in the large-format screen industry used widespread today to depict theatrical films. "

    Willis Harold O’Brien

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    "O'Brien was an innovative special effects animator, most well-known for the landmark production in 1925 of The Lost World, and animated the Gorilla sequences in the famed King Kong film from the 30's. He also developed the revolutionary animation..."

    Joseph (Joe) Oriolo

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    "Oriolo was a cartoon animator who was born in Union City in 1913. He created the famed Casper the Friendly Ghost character, and directed more than one thousand cartoons, including the first syndicated television series of Felix the Cat. "

    George Pal

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    "George Pal was an Oscar-winning, Hungarian-born animator, director and producer, and the creator of the Paramount Puppetoons stop-motion theatrical series, as well as many celebrated science-fiction films that combined Pal's expertise in special ef..."

    Claire Parker

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    "Claire Parker was an American engineer and animator who is best known for her collaboration with Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff on inventing pinscreen animation.Claire Parker was born inBoston,Massachusettsto a wealthy and privileged family. Sh..."

    Raymond “Ray” Patterson

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    "Ray Patterson was an Emmy nominated animator, cartoon director, producer, most noted for his work in the 40's during the “golden age” of animation on the legendary Tom and Jerry cartoon series, as well as animating with 

    Manuel Perez

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    "Manuel Perez - typically credited as Manny Perez - was a Mexican-American animator who worked at Warner Bros. studios from 1938 on. He worked for Friz Freleng's unit for ten years, but they did not get along. Between 1955 and 1959 he did not work in ..."

    Stephen and Timothy Quay (Brothers Quay)

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    "Stephen and Timothy Quay are identical twin brothers and animators, working together as the Quay Brothers. They are extremely influential in the field of stop-motion animation, creating dark and esoteric works that have built on several fascinating a..."

    Lotte Reiniger

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    "Lotte Reiniger was a German animator who adapted the art of shadow-plays to film, pioneering and perfecting the technique of silhouette animation using her own inventions. One such silhouette film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is considered..."

    Virgil Ross

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    "Virgil Ross was an animator, cartoonist and artist - primarily known for his association with Warner Bros., working alongside legendary directors like Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Tex Avery. Known for his expressive and personal style of animation,..."

    Ōten Shimokawa

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    "Ōten Shimokawa was one of the pioneers of Japanese animation, who is believed to have produced the very first “true” anime film.Shimokawa was born in Maiyakojima Prefecture in 1892, though moved to Tokyo when we was 9. He began his working life..."

    Tom Sito

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    "Tom Sito is a highly influential American animator, animation historian and teacher, who has often been considered one of the key figures in the Disney Renaissance."

    Isadore Sparber

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    "An animator born in America, Sparber first got his start in animation through the Fleischer Studios in 1922. Contributing as an uncredited writer to Superman, Betty Boop and Popeyes cartoons, as well as on Fleischer features Gulliver's Travels,..."

    Irv Spence

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    "Irv Spence was an American animator, sometimes credited as Irven or even Irvin Spence. Spence was best known for his work on MGM’s famous Tom and Jerry, cat and mouse series, but got his start in this month’s featured cartoon working for Ub Iwer..."

    Władysław Starewicz / Ladislas Starevich

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    "Władysław Starewicz was a Russian/French stop motion animator who created the first puppet-animated film, The Beautiful Lukinda (1912). His films are characterized by the use of insects and animals in his films, intricately animated within fairytal..."

    Jan Švankmajer

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    "Jan Švankmajer is a Czechoslovakian surrealist artist, filmmaker and animator. His work revolves around the exploration of imaginative meanings within objects of the everyday specifically through their tactile qualities. Filled with grotesque imager..."

    Paul Terry

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    "Terry began his career as a reporter, photographer and cartoonist for San Francisco based San Francisco Bulletin, and San Francisco Call-Examiner, as well as New York based New York Press, and many others. During this time, Terry became interested in..."

    Hermína Týrlová

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    "Often called the mother of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová was a pioneer in the long Czech tradition of puppet and stop-motion animation. She helped to found animation production at the major company Ziln Studios, laying further groundwork for fu..."

    Vladimir William (“Bill”) Tytla

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    "Vladimir Tytla worked as an animator for several studios, including his own. His happiest times, and best work, were done at Disney Studios where he felt a certain atmosphere of artistry and care for the animated product, which fed his deep interest ..."