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  • 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..."

    John Bauer

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    "The death of his sister at the age of 13 affected him and his brothers a great deal. After a life of amazing illustration and painting, the war and his failing marriage convinced John Bauer to seek spiritual healing and rest in Stockholm. He, his wif..."

    Mary Ellen Bute

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    "Mary Ellen Bute was born in Houston, Texas on November 21, 1906. Bute moved to New York in the 1920s and began her filmmaking career making experimental shorts that combined light and painting techniques. She collaborated with Joseph Schilling..."

    Miguel Covarrubias

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    "Born in Mexico City, Miguel immigrated to New York City at the age of nineteen. Already an established artist in Mexico, he was able to quickly make a name for himself in the U.S. Mexican poet José Juan Tablada and New York Times critic/photographer..."

    Mel Crawford

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    "Mel Crawford was born in Canada in 1925. He served in the Canadian Navy during World War II. He used his veteran's benefits to go to Royal Ontario College of Art. He then came to the U.S. in the 1940s to work for Disney Studios. He worked in animatio..."

    Pete Emslie

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    "Following school, freelanced as a cartoonist including regular work for newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen from 1978 to 1984. Moved to Toronto in 1984 to work for Disney Canada Consumer Products, illustrating Disney characters for various merchandise. Rel..."

    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 ..."

    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..."

    Frank Frazetta

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    "Frank Frazetta is deemed as one of the most influential fantasy artists of the 20th century. Called by many, "The Father of modern Fantasy Art", he holds that title with great pride, though he would never admit it himself."

    Martha Sigall

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    "Martha Sigall was an American inker and painter in the Golden Era of American animation. Moving to California as a young girl, Sigall happened to live around the corner from Leon Schlesinger's Pacific Title and Art Company, where she first got a job ..."

    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 ..."

    Jaime Escudero & Carlos Trupp

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    "Jaime Escudero was born on June 23, 1914 in Santiago. Juan Carlos Trupp's date of birth is unknown. Escudero met Trupp as architecture students in the 1930s at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in a workshop in Santiago on the streets ..."

    Walter Lantz

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    "Walter Lantz was born on April 27, 1899, to 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 me..."

    Duke Redbird

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    "In the 1960s, Dr. Duke Redbird began his career as an actor and poet and became a political and social activist advocating for Aboriginal and Métis rights. He prominently performed spoken word poetry at folk festivals and coffee houses. He was also ..."

    Jiří Trnka

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    "Jiří Trnka was born in Pilsen (now Plzeň), Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on February 24, 1912. His artistic career began shortly after winning a design competition organized by Josef Skupa, who was a Czech puppeteer, in 1921. He worked wi..."