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  • 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..."

    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..."

    Ralph Bakshi

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    "Ralph Bakshi began his career at Terrytoons, still a student, where he was a cel polisher. He advanced quickly to animator and director, leaving Terrytoons to head up Famous Studios for its last couple of years. He directed a string of remarkably per..."

    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."

    Aurelius Battaglia

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    "Aurelius Battaglia was born in Washington, D.C. in 1910, the son of Guiseppe and Concetta Battaglia, who had emigrated from Cefalu, Italy. "

    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 ..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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.""

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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 ..."

    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..."

    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 ..."

    Dave Fleischer

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    "First generation American Jew who grew up in Manhattan. His father had emigrated from Austria in the late 1880’s. He and his brother, Max, distributed their Out of the Inkwell Series by themselves in mid-1921. Sometime in 1922 they signed with dist..."

    Max Fleischer

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    "Max Fleischer was an American inventor born in Hungary, who moved to the United States with his family at the age of 4 and later became a filmmaker, animator, director and producer, famous for serving as the head of his own animation studio, Fleisch..."

    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."

    Jean Gic

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    "Jean Gic worked at Bray Productions as a director and storyman for the Goldwyn-Bray Pictographs."

    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..."

    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..."

    Dan Gordon

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    "Daniel Gordon is best known for being a Storyboard Artist, director, and producer. His most well known work is with Famous Studios and Hanna-Barbara Productions. While working with famous in the 1930’s and 40’s, he wrote and directed many stories..."

    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..."

    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. "

    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..."

    Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas Lumière and Louis Jean Lumière

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    "Auguste and Louis Lumière were the first filmmakers in history. The invented and patented the cinematograph, the first technology that allowed the viewing of films by multiple people at once. Their film Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon (1895) is c..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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 ..."

    Floyd Ernest Norman

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    "Floyd Norman is an American animation legend responsible for directing a number of feature animated films for Walt Disney Studios, including Sleeping Beauty (1959), One Hundred and One Dalmations (1961), and The Jungle Book (1967). Having worked fo..."

    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..."

    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..."

    Ben Sharpsteen

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    "Ben Sharpsteen was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 4th, 1895 and got his start working for many of the major studios in New York including Hearst, Paramount, and Fl..."

    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,..."

    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..."

    Frank Tashlin

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    "Frank Tashlin was a legendary Oscar nominated director, writer, producer who was among the first to transition from directing animated cartoons at Warner Bros. into live-action comedic..."

    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..."