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. She was an experimental animator whose works were inspired by the properties of light as well as the abstract, expressive drawings of Norman McLaren. She would also use everyday obje..."

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 and Trupp are best known for producing one of the earliest animations in Chile, 15 mil dibujos. The film was a box office failure, leaving..."

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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"Duke Redbird was born in Saugeen First Nation, Ontario. Redbird is an accomplished writer, filmmaker, scholar, and artist. He is also an educator across Canada, collaborating with several schools to revise curriculums with the objective to decolon..."

Jiří Trnka

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"Jiří Trnka was born in Pilsen (now Plzeň), Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on February 24, 1912. He was a Czech animator and illustrator who specialized in puppet stop-motion animation. He was known for illustrating children's books, bu..."