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Famous Animators from Canada

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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
Dec. 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 42
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 72
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 51
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 57
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 48
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 78
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 63
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
Dec. 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 62
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 29
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 48
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 95
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 76
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 64
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