Full Name:

Eunice Macaulay

Occupation / Title:

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Date of birth:


Date of death:



St. Helens, England

Associated studios:

 Gaumont British Animation

The National Film Board of Canada


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 Gaumont British Animation, leading the company to hire her as a tracer. 

In the early 1960s, Macaulay emigrated to the United States with her husband, filmmaker Jim Macaulay. During this time she began to freelance both in the States and in Canada, particularly at the National Film Board, where she was hired full time in 1973. In 1978, she collaborated with John Weldon to make the darkly comic Special Delivery, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short. 

During the 1980s, Macaulay expanded her role at the NFB, overseeing and initiating Just for Kids, a series of adapted children’s stories, and 65 Plus, a series focusing on senior citizens. She also worked as a producer on films such as Dreams of a Land (1985) and the Oscar-nominated George and Rosemary (1987). She retired in 1990. In 2013, she passed away.

Honors and awards

Academy Award for Best Animated Short (1979)




Wise, Wyndham. “Eunice Macaulay.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, 28 Feb. 2012, http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/eunice-macaulay.

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