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Nikolai Khodataev

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"Born in the village of Konstantinovsk in 1892, the son of a wealthy tsarist official, Nikolai Khodataev took painting lessons in his youth, eventually enrolling in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, at the age of twenty. In ..."

Oliver Wallace

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"Born in England, Wallace studied music widely, in London as well as in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. First relocating to Canada in 1904, Oliver eventually settled in the United States, becoming a citizen 10 years later in 1914. After compl..."

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..."

Otto Messmer

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"Messmer was a legendary American cartoonist and animator, who was best know as the creator of Felix the Cat, who is considered the first major cartoon star."

Patrick Anthony (Pat) Powers

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"Pat Powers was an influential American businessman who was involved with the film and animation developments inAmericaduring the first part of the twentieth century. His most important development being the work of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, who he b..."

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..."

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 

Richard “Dick” Lundy

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"Dick Lundy was an animator and director, associated with several studios, including Disney, MGM and

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Sammy Timberg

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"Sammy Timberg was the musical director for Fleischer Studios and one of the most important composers of music in the history of American cartoons. Although Timberg had a long career that began in vaudeville in the 1910s, Timberg is best known for th..."

Scott Bradley

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"Scott Bradley was a film composer who wrote acclaimed music for many memorable cartoons during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He is best known for his work at MGM, scoring thea..."

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."

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..."

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..."

Sterling Holloway

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"Born in Cedartown, Georgia to a grocer, Sterling Holloway's acting career began in his teens, when he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where his classmates included Spencer Tracy and Pat O'Brien. After graduation, h..."

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."

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 ..."

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..."

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..."

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...."

William C. (Bill) Nolan

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"Nolan was a innovative film animator and director during the early days of sound animation, working mostly with Walter Lantz and J.R. Bray<..."

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..."

Yuri Norstein

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"Norstein was born in Andreyevka, Penza region in Russia on September 15, 1941. Norstein was hired in 1961 by Soyuzmultfilm. From 1961 to 1971, he was an animator on several films, however he often expressed his desire to quit animation and pursue..."