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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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    Brian Sheesley (born April 14, 1967) is an American animation director who has worked on...  more
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    Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明, Yuasa Masaaki, born March 16, 1965) is a Japanese animator, storyboard...  more
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    Masayuki Kojima

    Masayuki Kojima (小島 正幸, Kojima Masayuki) is a Japanese animator and director, best known for...  more
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    Akitaro Daichi (大地 丙太郎, Daichi Akitarō, born January 13, 1956) is an anime director, producer,...  more
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    Chris Bailey (born March 26, 1962) is an American animator and film director....  more
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    Kazuki Akane

    Kazuki Akane (赤根 和樹, Akane Kazuki, born March 24, 1962, in Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) is a...  more
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    Shinsuke Sato (佐藤 信介, Satō Shinsuke, born September 16,1970) is a Japanese film director,...  more
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    Michael Lewis Nawrocki (born July 8, 1966) is an American director, producer, writer, voice...  more
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    Akio Watanabe (渡辺明夫, Watanabe Akio, born July 13, 1969) is a Japanese animator, character...  more
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    Gisaburō Sugii

    Gisaburō Sugii (杉井ギサブロー or 杉井儀三郎, Sugii Gisaburō, born August 20, 1940) is a Japanese anime...  more
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    Rintaro (りんたろう, Rintarō, born January 22, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki...  more
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    Timothy "Tim" Hodge (born April 2, 1963) is an American voice actor, story artist, writer,...  more
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    Seiji Mizushima

    Seiji Mizushima (水島 精二, Mizushima Seiji, born on January 28, 1966 in Fuchū, Tokyo) is a...  more
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    Shigeyasu Yamauchi

    Shigeyasu Yamauchi is an animation director....
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    Robert Peterson is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor and voice actor...  more
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    Hiroshi Fukutomi (福冨 博, Fukutomi Hiroshi, former name 福富 博 (read the same)) is an anime...  more
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    Hiroshi Watanabe (わたなべひろし, Watanabe Hiroshi) is a Japanese anime director and animator from...  more
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    Katsuhisa Yamada

    Katsuhisa Yamada is a Japanese animator. He is most noted for directing such memorable anime...  more
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    Katsuhito Akiyama

    Katsuhito Akiyama (秋山 勝仁, Akiyama Katsuhito, born January 29, 1950) is a Japanese storyboard...  more
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    Kazuya Tsurumaki (鶴巻 和哉 Tsurumaki Kazuya) is a Japanese anime director. He was born on...  more
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    Manabu Ono

    Manabu Ono is a Japanese anime director....
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    Masami Ōbari (大張 正己, Ōbari Masami, born January 24, 1966) is a noted Japanese anime director,...  more
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    Ryōsuke Takahashi (高橋 良輔, Takahashi Ryōsuke, born January 11, 1943) is a Japanese anime...  more
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    Takuya Igarashi

    Takuya Igarashi (五十嵐 卓哉, Igarashi Takuya) is a Japanese freelance anime director who worked...  more
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    Tomoki Kyoda

    Tomoki Kyoda (京田 知己, Kyōda Tomoki) (born 1970) is a Japanese animation director and...  more