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List of Famous Animation Directors

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List of famous animation directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top animation directors in the world? This includes the most prominent animation directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable animation directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic animation directors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned animation directors.

Everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to Chuck Jones is included on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known animation directors to the lesser known animation directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the animation director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous animation directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous animation directors?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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    Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker,...  more

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    Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator,...  more

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    Donald Virgil Bluth (; born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, film director,...  more

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    Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director,...  more
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    Andrew A. "Andy" Luckey (born October 7, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American...  more
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    Osamu Tezuka

    Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928...  more
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    William Everett "Bud" Luckey (July 28, 1934 – February 24, 2018) was an American animator,...  more
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    Tomm Moore is an Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker. He is co-founder of Cartoon...  more
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    Isao Takahata (高畑 勲, Takahata Isao, October 29, 1935 – April 5, 2018) was a Japanese film...  more
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    Ivan Petrovich Ivanov-Vano (Russian: Ива́н Петро́вич Ивано́в-Вано́; 8 February [O.S. 27...  more
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    David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer....  more

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    Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, YouTuber,...  more
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    Attila Dargay (June 20, 1927 – October 20, 2009) was an Hungarian comics artist and animator....  more
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    Kenji Kodama

    Kenji Kodama (こだま 兼嗣, Kodama Kenji, December 13, 1949) is a Japanese anime director, and...  more
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    Phillip Roger "Phil" Vischer (born June 16, 1966) is an American animator, puppeteer, writer,...  more
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    Gary Wayne Goldman (born November 17, 1944) is an American film producer, director, animator,...  more
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    Fred Wolf may refer to: Fred Wolf (animator) (born 1932), American animator Fred Wolf...  more
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    Bruno Bozzetto (born 3 March 1938 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian cartoon animator, creator of...  more
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    Yoram Gross is an Australian producer of children’s and family entertainment. His company is...  more
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    Mamoru Hosoda (細田 守, Hosoda Mamoru, born September 19, 1967) is a Japanese film director and...  more
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    John Edward Musker (born November 8, 1953) is an American animation director. Along with Ron...  more
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    Ronald Francis Clements (born April 25, 1953) is an American animation director, screenwriter...  more
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    Shingo Araki

    Shingo Araki (荒木 伸吾, Araki Shingo, January 1, 1939 – December 1, 2011) was a Japanese...  more
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    William "Bill" Kroyer is an American director of animation and computer graphics commercials,...  more
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    Brian Pimental (born 1963) is an American veteran story artist, director and screenwriter of...  more