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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. (226 items)
Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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David William "Dave" Thomas 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 also directed. ...more

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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and a slew of other Warner characters. After his career at Warner Bros. ended in 1962, Jones started Sib Tower 12 Productions, and began producing cartoons for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including a new series of Tom and Jerry shorts and the television adaptation of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. He later started his own ...more

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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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Gennadiy Borisovich Tartakovsky is a Russian-born American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars and co-creating Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011, Tartakovsky joined Sony Pictures Animation, where he directed his feature film debut, Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, and is directing an animated film based on Popeye. Although his Russian name Геннадий is normally transliterated as Gennady or Gennadiy, he changed its spelling to Genndy after moving from Russia to the US. ...more

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Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, and American directors Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles. Born in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Miyazaki began his animation career in 1963, when he joined Toei Animation. From there, Miyazaki worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon, where he ...more

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#40 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

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