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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)
Břetislav Pojar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
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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 Bass Cello based on the story by Anton Chekhov and directed by master Czech puppet animator Jiří Trnka. Pojar served as a puppeteer under his mentor Trnka. Pojar compiled an extensive body of work as a director and animator in Czechoslovakia, where he made films in both puppet animation to the more common stop motion animation. In the mid-1960s, Pojar emigrated to Canada, where he began a long collaboration with the National Film Board. His Canadian work is some of his best known, and it has won awards ...more

Age: Died at 89 (1923-2012)

Birthplace: Sušice, Czech Republic

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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 communications program, Bryce has been creating numerous cartoons and animations since 1999 working under his business "Frog Feet Productions". His first job was creating the "Ranger Gord's Educational Films" and "Ranger Gord's Safety Tips" cartoons based on the character of the same name for The Red Green Show created by Steve Smith which aired on CBC Television and PBS. Since that time, Mr. Hallett has created numerous other animated shorts for sketch comedy TV series; a list that includes animation for ...more

Age: 41

Birthplace: North Bay, Canada

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Caroline Leaf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Animators from Canada
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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 box and manipulating the textures frame-by-frame. Her second film, Orfeo, had her painting directly on glass under the camera. Later that year she was invited to join the National Film Board of Canada's English Animation Studio. She mixed paint with glycerine to produce The Street, adapted from the short story of the same name by Mordechai Richler, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 49th Academy Awards. From 1981 until 1986 she worked on various live action ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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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 director of animation on The Care Bears Movie and on Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation. In the 1990s, he worked on FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Disney's Mulan. He has also worked on other animated films and specials including The Land Before Time, Rock-a-Doodle, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Once Upon a Forest, A Cosmic Christmas, all three early films of Strawberry Shortcake, Easter Fever, Intergalactic Thanksgiving, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, Romie-0 and Julie-8 and Tarzan II. In the 1990s, he ...more

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