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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. (225 items)
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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, ...more
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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter, best known for his work with Warner Bros. ...more

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Don Bluth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Donald Virgil Bluth (; born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer, and animation instructor. He is known for ...more

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Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928 – 9 February 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator, and film producer. Born in ...more
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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, storyboard artist, comic book writer and artist. He is the creator of the Cartoon ...more
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Ivan Ivanov-Vano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Ivan Petrovich Ivanov-Vano (Russian: Ива́н Петро́вич Ивано́в-Вано́; 8 February [O.S. 27 January] 1900, Moscow – 25 March 1987, Moscow), born Ivanov, was a Soviet animation director, animator, ...more
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Isao Takahata is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Isao Takahata (高畑 勲, Takahata Isao, October 29, 1935 – April 5, 2018) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter and producer. In 1985, he co-founded Studio Ghibli with his long-time ...more
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Andy Luckey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Andrew A. "Andy" Luckey (born October 7, 1965 in San Francisco, California) is an American writer, director and producer, primarily of animated works. He also writes and illustrates ...more
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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he ...more

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Tomm Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Tomm Moore is an Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker. He is co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an animation studio and production company, based in Kilkenny, Ireland. His first two feature ...more
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Bud Luckey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
William Everett "Bud" Luckey (July 28, 1934 – February 24, 2018) was an American animator, cartoonist, singer, musician, designer, composer, artist and voice actor. He worked at the ...more
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Butch Hartman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, YouTuber, illustrator, and voice actor, best known for creating the Nicktoons The Fairly OddParents, ...more
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Kenji Kodama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Kenji Kodama
Kenji Kodama (こだま 兼嗣, Kodama Kenji, December 13, 1949) is a Japanese anime director, and storyboard artist. He is best known for being one of the main directors on the long-running anime Case ...more
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Phil Vischer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Phillip Roger "Phil" Vischer (born June 16, 1966) is an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor and songwriter who created the computer-animated video series VeggieTales ...more
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Fred Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Fred Wolf may refer to: Fred Wolf (animator) (born 1932), American animator Fred Wolf (writer) (born 1964), American film director and writer Fred Alan Wolf (born 1934), American theoretical ...more
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John Musker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
John Edward Musker (born November 8, 1953) is an American animation director. Along with Ron Clements, he makes up the duo of one of the Disney animation studio's leading director teams.
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Ron Clements is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Ronald Francis Clements (born April 25, 1953) is an American animation director, screenwriter and producer. He often collaborates with fellow director John Musker.
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Mamoru Hosoda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Mamoru Hosoda (細田 守, Hosoda Mamoru, born September 19, 1967) is a Japanese film director and animator. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Feature Film at the ...more
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Shingo Araki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Shingo Araki
Shingo Araki (荒木 伸吾, Araki Shingo, January 1, 1939 – December 1, 2011) was a Japanese animation artist and character designer.
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Masayuki Kojima is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Masayuki Kojima
Masayuki Kojima (小島 正幸, Kojima Masayuki) is a Japanese animator and director, best known for directing the acclaimed anime series Monster and Made in Abyss. He was born on March 11, 1961 in ...more
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Akitaro Daichi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Akitaro Daichi (大地 丙太郎, Daichi Akitarō, born January 13, 1956) is an anime director, producer, and photography director.
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Mike Nawrocki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Michael Lewis Nawrocki (born July 8, 1966) is an American director, producer, writer, voice actor, animator, musician, puppeteer, and businessman best known as the co-creator of the ...more
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Rintaro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Rintaro (りんたろう, Rintarō, born January 22, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi (林 重行, Hayashi Shigeyuki), a well-known director of anime. He works frequently with the ...more
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Akio Watanabe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Akio Watanabe (渡辺明夫, Watanabe Akio, born July 13, 1969) is a Japanese animator, character designer and animation director currently living in Tokyo, Japan. He often goes by the pseudonym Poyoyon ...more
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Attila Dargay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Attila Dargay (June 20, 1927 – October 20, 2009) was an Hungarian comics artist and animator. He was born in Mezőnyék.