Ah, animation. The possibilities of animation are endless, just pure animation transferred to film for the world to see. Ever since I was a child, I have been captivated by animation. Here are my picks for my favorite animators of all time. There’s a little bit of everything on this list from classic animators to foreign animators and all that lies between.
Avery is an American-born animator, but he also tried his hand in voice acting and directing. He’s known for his work at Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer studios. While there, he developed classic favorites such as Bugs Bunny, Droopy Dog, and Daffy Duck. He died in August of 1980 and therefore, did not live to see the boom that occured in the animation industry. However, he heavily influenced cartooning and he inspired many animators to come.
Tytla is a well-known Disney animator. Now, I don’t know about you, but as a young child Disney movies were my absolute favorites! Tytla worked on wonderfully imaginative movies such as Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Williams has my vote because of one single work of art that is simply unforgettable to me. The Thief and the Cobbler is one of my favorite movies of all time. The animation is absolutely spectacular and Vincent Price is the voice of ZigZag. Williams is an Oscar-winning animator, so you owe it to yourself to watch one of his movies. If you’ve seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit, you’ve seen the movie which he served as animation director on.
Rintaro is a famous anime director, best known for his work on Metropolis. He also worked on Yona Yona Penguin. Both movies are brilliantly animated and show you a different side to what anime is all about. Watch the trailer for Yona Yona Penguin here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NZpbtRpYPo
Templeton is the first stop motion animator on the list. She is best known for her work on Peter and the Wolf in 2006. The movie looks so realistic yet still retains the surrealism that animation embodies. She also worked on the movies Dog (2001) and Stanley (1999).
I know Tim Burton is probably the favorite animator of many people, but so what? He’s so good! I love his style and how everytime you watch one of his movies, it’s like you’re delving into his world. I love his consistent use of black, white, grey, and stripes. I love the look of his characters. And I love his choice of story. My favorite movies are the classic, Nightmare Before Christmas and his newer film, Coraline. But I honestly enjoy them all.