Writers

Heck (Henry) Allen

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"Heck Allen was an American screenwriter, novelist and story artist who worked as a contract writer at MGM in the late 30's, writing for Harman and Ising's Barney Bear series and had a long standing collaboration with

Frédéric Back

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"Frederic Back was born in Saarbrucken, Germany April 8 1924. He had emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in Canada in 1948 and had become well known as an award-winning Canadian animator/producer. He died on December 24, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec."

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..."

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. "

Harry M. Benshoff

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"Harry M. Benshoff is a professor and researcher in media arts, researching extensively about film theory, film genre, multiculturalism, film history, queer theory and animation labour."

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..."

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..."

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..."

Charles Dawson (Daws) Butler

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"Charles Dawson "Daws" Butler, grew up in a suburb of Chicago, and originally wanted to be a cartoonist. He began his career in show business during the Depression, winning amateur contests at neighborhood theaters by doing impressions of Franklin D. ..."

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 Cooper

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"Fred G. Cooper was born in Mc Minnville, OR. In 1904 he began his career in New York as a freelance designer and illustrator. He worked for several magazines and was a founding member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was also a member of..."

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..."

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..."

Virginia Davis

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"Virginia began taking dance and dramatic lessons at age two. A couple of years later, when Walt Disney was struggling with his first Studio, Laugh-O-gram Films in Kansas City, he happened to see Virginia in a Warneke's Bread advertisement in a local ..."

David H. DePatie

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"David Hudsen DePatie was born in Shiprock, New Mexico. Not much is mentioned about his early life."

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..."

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..."

Warren Foster

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"Warren Foster began his career as a writer for Warner Bros. in 1938, and began his work there on a Porky Pig short, Porky in Wackyland. His work for Warner Bros. totaled nearly 171 cartoons. His more recognizable work for Warner Bros. includes Book R..."

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. "

Theodor Seuss Geisel

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"Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss - was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, and artist - best known for his children's books. Adopting the moniker of Dr. Seuss during his university studies at Dartmouth and Oxford, Geisel began his career illu..."

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."

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..."

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..."

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..."

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 ..."

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 ..."

Bob Kurtz

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

Bob Kuwahara

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"Bob Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan on August 12, 1901. His family moved to the United States in 1910. He was a Japanese-American animator and writer who is best known for creating the Terrytoons character, Hashimoto-san, a mouse who is a judo i..."

Caroline Leaf

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"Caroline Leaf was born in Seattle, Washington on August 12, 1946. Leaf is an award-winning Canadian-American animator who has produced a diverse collection of experimental animations, employing various mediums such as sand, silhouettes, paint on g..."

Eunice Macaulay

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"Before entering animation, Eunice Macaulay worked at Pilkington Brothers as an analytical chemist, and later during the Second World War as a radio operator. After the war, in 1948, a Christmas card Macaulay illustrated caught the attention of Gaumon..."

Michael Maltese

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"Born in New York City to Italian immigrants, Michael Maltese studied at the National Academy of Art and Design, before landing his first animation job working as a colourist for Betty Boop cartoons, in 1935. He and his wife, Florence Sass, later move..."

Heino Pars

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"Heino Pars was born in Mustla, Viljandi County in Estonia on October 13, 1925. Pars along with his colleague Elbert Tuganov are cited as the fathers of puppet animation in Estonia. Pars' most famous film is Nael/Nail (1972), an experimental film ..."

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..."

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,..."

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 comedi..."

Tezuka Osamu”

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"Born on the 28th of November, 1928, the eldest of three children in a liberal, artistic family, Tezuka Osamu fostered an early love of illustration. He was particularly drawn to the illustrations of Jean-Henri Fabre, to the degree that he eventually ..."

Elbert Tuganov

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"Elbert Tuganov was born February 22, 1920, in Baku, Azerbaijan. At four years old, he moved to Berlin where he lived with his aunt. Tuganov along with his colleague Heino Pars are cited as the fathers of puppet animation in Estonia. He is the foun..."