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List of notable or famous animators from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top animators born in Canada and even some popular animators who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian animators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These animators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known animator from Canada is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Norman McLaren and Dean DeBlois.

This historic animators from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian animators of note?" and "Who are the most famous animators from Canada?" These prominent animators of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian animators.

Use this list of renowned Canadian animators to discover some new animators that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (49 items)

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Břetislav Pojar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 89 (1923-2012) Břetislav Pojar was a puppeteer, animator and director of short and feature films. Born in Sušice, Czechoslovakia, Pojar started his career in the late 1940s with his work on The Story of the ...more

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Bryce Hallett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 41 Bryce Hallett is a Canadian independent animator living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A graduate of Sheridan College's classical animation program and Canadore College's graphic ...more

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Caroline Leaf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 71 Caroline Leaf is a Canadian-American filmmaker and animator. Leaf made her first film, Sand, or Peter and the Wolf, in 1968 at Harvard University. The short was made by dumping sand on a light ...more

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Charles Bonifacio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Charles Bonifacio is a Canadian animator who worked on Nelvana productions such as Rock and Rule, Inspector Gadget, Star Wars: Ewoks and the first two Care Bears movies of the 1980s. He was ...more

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Chris Kientz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 50 Chris Kientz is an American/Canadian animator, television producer, director and educator. He has worked on a number of reality TV and children's television series but is perhaps best known for ...more

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Chris Landreth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 56 Chris Landreth is an American animator working in Canada, best known for his work on the 2004 film, Ryan. He has made many CGI animated films since the mid-90s, including The End, Bingo, The ...more

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Christopher Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 47 Chris Williams is an American film director, screenwriter and animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He directed the short film Glago's Guest and co-directed Bolt and Big Hero 6, which won ...more

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Clio Chiang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Clio Chiang is a screenwriter.

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Co Hoedeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 77 Jacobus Willem Hoedeman is a Dutch-Canadian filmmaker known for his mastery of stop motion animation and technical innovation in films that reveal his close observation of human and social ...more

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Cordell Barker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 62 Cordell Barker is a Canadian animator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began animating in his late teens after taking on an apprenticeship at Kenn Perkins Animation. A two-time Academy Award ...more

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Dan Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 36 (1969-2005) Dan Lee was a Canadian animator, best known as the creator of the title character from Finding Nemo. He was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1969, the youngest of four children of Chinese immigrants ...more

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Danny Antonucci is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 61 Daniel Edward "Danny" Antonucci is a Canadian animator, director, producer, and writer of Italian heritage. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated comedy series Ed, ...more

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David Lalonde-Lavoie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 28 David Lalonde-Lavoie is a film director.

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Dean DeBlois is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 47 Dean DeBlois is a Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator and editor. He is best known for co-writing and co-directing the Oscar-nominated animated films Lilo & Stitch ...more

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Evelyn Lambart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 85 (1914-1999) Evelyn Lambart was a film director and producer.

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Faith Erin Hicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Faith Erin Hicks Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian webcomic and comic artist and writer and animator living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is best known for her webcomic Demonology 101.

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Frédéric Back is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 89 (1924-2013) Frédéric Back, OC CQ was a Canadian artist and film director of short animated films. During a long career with Radio-Canada, the French-language service of the Canadian ...more

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Gary Mooney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Gary Mooney Died at 78 (1930-2008) Gary Mooney was an American animator who worked for Walt Disney Studios, Hubley Studios and fellow animator Jay Ward during his career, which spanned several decades from the 1950s to the 2000s. ...more

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Gary Pearson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Gary Pearson is a Canadian comedian, and television writer producer. He grew up in the southwestern Ontario village of Comber. Taking an early interest in politics and art, he began to do ...more

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George Dunning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 59 (1920-1979) George Garnett Dunning was a Canadian-born filmmaker and animator. He is best known for animating and directing the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine.

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Grant Munro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 94 Grant Munro, OC is a Canadian animator, filmmaker and actor.

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Jacques Drouin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 75 Jacques Drouin is a film editor.

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Janet Perlman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 63 Janet Laurie Perlman is a Canadian animator and children's book author and illustrator whose work includes the short film The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin, which was nominated for an ...more

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Jay Stephens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 47 Jay Stephens is a Canadian cartoonist. He is best known as the creator of Discovery Kids's animated television series Tutenstein and Cartoon Network's The Secret Saturdays. Stephens has also ...more

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Jean Mathieson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Jean Mathieson Jean Mathieson is listed in Colombo's Canadian References as Canada’s first independent, commercial, non National Film Board, woman animator. She switched from the University of Toronto to The ...more

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Jim Cliffe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Jim Cliffe Jim Cliffe is an award-winning writer, director and artist, with a professional background in illustration and animation. His first feature, Donovan's Echo, was released in 2012.

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Jimmy Hayward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 47 James "Jimmy" Hayward is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter and animator.

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John Kricfalusi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 62 Michael John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., is a Canadian writer, animator, voice actor, producer, and director. He is the creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, its adults-only spin-off ...more

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John Weldon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 72 John Weldon is a Canadian actor, composer, animator and movie director, known for his National Film Board of Canada animated shorts. He lives in Montreal. Following his retirement from the NFB, ...more

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Kevin Munroe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 46 Kevin Andrew Munroe is a Canadian-born filmmaker and artist, now an American citizen. His best-known work is that of writer and director of TMNT, where he also had a cameo appearance as a diner ...more

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Laura Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Animators from Canada

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Michèle Cournoyer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 75 Michèle Cournoyer is a Canadian animator. Cournoyer studied graphic arts, photography and animation in Quebec, England and Italy. During the 1970s she worked as a set designer, art ...more

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Norman McLaren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 73 (1914-1987) Norman McLaren, CC, CQ was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and ...more

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Patrick Doyon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Patrick Doyon is a Quebec animator and illustrator, based in Montreal.

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Paul Driessen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 78 Paul Driessen is a Dutch film director, animator and writer. His short films have won more than fifty prizes all over the world, including the Life Achievement Awards at both Ottawa and Zagreb ...more

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Peter Hudecki is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 64 Peter Hudecki is an animator. He directed the Roseanne Barr animated series Little Rosie, and was Chief Modelmaker for Gemini and Emmy award winning series Rolie Polie Olie.

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Peter Sauder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Peter Sauder is a Canadian film and TV writer, television producer and animator best known for his contributions to Nelvana franchises such as Care Bears, Babar, Strawberry Shortcake and Droids. ...more

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Raoul Barré is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 58 (1874-1932) Raoul Barré was a Canadian and American cartoonist, animator of the silent film era, and artist.

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Richard Condie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 76 Richard Condie, RCA is a Canadian animator, film maker and musician living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Condie is best known for his 1985 animated short The Big Snit and has won six ...more

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Richard Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 85 Richard Williams is a Canadian–British animator. He is best known for serving as animation director on Disney/Amblin's Who Framed Roger Rabbit and for his unfinished feature film The Thief and ...more

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Robb Denovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Robb Denovan age 40 Robb Denovan is an animator from Canada who has won international acclaim for his work. He currently lives in London, England. Robb was born to Jack and Janet Denovan on June 1, 1978, in ...more

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Roslyn Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Roslyn Schwartz age 66 Roslyn Schwartz is a children's author and animator. Born in Montreal, Quebec, she was raised in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. Schwartz is the author of The Mole Sisters series, The Smoker's ...more

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Ryan Larkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 64 (1943-2007) Ryan Larkin was a Canadian animator, artist, and sculptor who rose to fame with the psychedelic Oscar-nominated short Walking and the acclaimed Street Musique. He was the subject of the ...more

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Samantha Youssef is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Samantha Youssef is a Canadian character animator and animation director. She has worked in both feature films and video games for Walt Disney Animation, Filmax, and Ubisoft.

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Todd John Galda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 41 Todd John Galda from Ontario, Canada is a Canadian animator who has worked on 2 Academy Award-nominated films and 5 Emmy Award winning projects.

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Torill Kove is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 59 Torill Kove is a Norwegian-born Canadian film director and animator. She won the 2007 Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the film The Danish Poet, co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and ...more

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Wendy Tilby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
age 58 Wendy Tilby is an animator, film director and screenwriter.

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Winsor McCay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 65 (1869-1934) Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. For contractual reasons, he worked under ...more

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Wolf Koenig is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
Died at 87 (1927-2014) Wolf Koenig was a Canadian film director, producer, animator, cinematographer, and a pioneer in Direct Cinema at the National Film Board of Canada.