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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
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

Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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 ...more

Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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, ...more

Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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 ...more

Don Bluth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer and animation instructor who is known for directing ...more

Butch Hartman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV is an American animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator and voice actor, best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Fairly ...more

Phil Vischer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Phillip Roger Vischer is an American animator, puppeteer, writer, voice actor and songwriter known for creating the computer-animated video series VeggieTales alongside Mike Nawrocki. He ...more

Fred Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Fred Wolf is an American animator. His works include the 1967 short subject The Box, for which he won an Academy Award; television specials such as The Point! and Free to Be...You and Me, and ...more

Andy Luckey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Andrew A. Luckey is an American writer, director and producer, primarily of animated works. He also writes and illustrates children's books and Bible studies. Luckey has produced over 300 hours ...more

Kenji Kodama is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Kenji Kodama Kenji Kodama is a Japanese anime director, and storyboard artist. He is best known for directing the anime Case Closed and working with the anime Lupin III, as well as discovering Joe Hisaishi ...more

Mike Nawrocki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Michael Nawrocki is an American animator and writer known for co-founding the VeggieTales series. He serves as the Executive Vice President of Big Idea Entertainment. In the show, he voices ...more

Ivan Ivanov-Vano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano was a Soviet animator and Russian animation director, sometimes called the "Patriarch of Soviet animation". He graduated from Vkhutemas in 1923 and began ...more

Osamu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and ...more

Tomm Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Rick Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Richard "Rick" Jones is a Canadian director, writer, content developer, voice actor, and comedian. Since 1983, he's worked with Fox, Disney, Universal, Hanna-Barbera, Alphanim, Cinar ...more

Tim Hodge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Timothy "Tim" Hodge is an American voice actor, story artist, writer, animator, comedian, and director at Big Idea Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has works on the ...more

Bob Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Robert "Bob" Peterson is an American animator, screenwriter, director and voice actor who works at Pixar Animation Studios. He was hired at Pixar by Roger Gould in 1994 as an animator ...more

Bud Luckey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
William "Bud" Luckey is an American cartoonist, animator, singer, musician, composer and voice actor. He is best known for his work at Pixar as a character designer for Toy Story, ...more

Ash Brannon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Ashton "Ash" Brannon is an American animator, writer and director. He was a story artist and directing animator on Toy Story and co-director on Toy Story 2. Besides working at Pixar he ...more

Kunihiko Yuyama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Kunihiko Yuyama Kunihiko Yuyama is a film director.

Akitaro Daichi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Akitaro Daichi is an anime director, producer, and photography director.

Chris Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Chris Bailey is an American animator. He went to high school at Reynolds High School, and later attended California Institute of the Arts. He worked at Disney as an animator for The Little ...more

Gary Goldman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Gary Wayne Goldman is an American film producer, director, animator, writer and voice actor, he is well known for working on films with Don Bluth such as Anastasia, An American Tail, and The ...more

Yasuichiro Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Yasuichiro Yamamoto Yasuichiro Yamamoto is a Japanese anime director, and storyboard artist. He is best known for directing the anime Case Closed.

Isao Takahata is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Isao Takahata is a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and producer who has earned critical international acclaim for his work as a director of anime films. Takahata is the co-founder ...more

Bryce Hallett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
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 ...more

Peter Sohn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Peter Sohn is an American animator, voice actor, and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios.

Bret Haaland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Bret Haaland is an American animation director. He worked on The Simpsons during the first season as a layout artist. He has directed episodes of The Critic, Futurama and Father of the Pride. He ...more

Glen Murakami is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Glen Murakami is an American animator, animation director, and producer of Japanese descent. He is best known for his work on Batman Beyond, Teen Titans, Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate ...more

Jimmy Murakami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Teruaki "Jimmy" Murakami, was a Japanese American animator and director with a long career working in numerous countries. Among his best-known works are the animated adaptations of the ...more

Takashi Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Takashi Nakamura is an accomplished Japanese animator and anime director. He is also a founding member of the Japan Animation Creators Association labor group. Nakamura's 2001 film A Tree of ...more

Dick Sebast is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Richard "Dick" Sebast is an American story director, animator and television producer known for working at companies such as Disney, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Universal.

Yoni Goodman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Yoni Goodman is an Israeli animator.

Gary Trousdale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Gary A. Trousdale is an American film director known for directing movies such as Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He frequently works with Kirk ...more

Mahiro Maeda is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Mahiro Maeda born March 14, 1963 is one of the most prominent Japanese anime creators working today, having worked as director, character designer, and animator for many of Japan's top series. ...more

Andrew Overtoom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Andrew Overtoom is an animation director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and a film and TV director.

Byron Howard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Byron P. Howard is an American animator, film director, producer, screenwriter, story artist and occasional voice actor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and is best known as the lead character ...more

Eiichi Yamamoto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Eiichi Yamamoto is a Japanese film director and screenwriter of Anime. He is known directing the Animerama film series for Osamu Tezuka. Yamamoto directed ten films between 1962 and 1986. His ...more

Fred Ladd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Fred Ladd, is an American television and film writer and producer. He is notable as one of the first to introduce Japanese animated cartoons to North America. Ladd, a Toledo, Ohio native, ...more

Bruno Bozzetto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Bruno Bozzetto is an Italian cartoon animator, creator of many short pieces, mainly of a political or satirical nature. He created his first animated short "Tapum! the weapons' story" ...more

Rintaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Rintaro is the pseudonym of Shigeyuki Hayashi, a well-known director of anime. He works frequently with the animation studio Madhouse, though he is a freelance director not employed directly by ...more

Roger Allers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Roger Allers is an American film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist, animator and playwright. He is most well known for co-directing the highest-grossing 2D animated film of all time, The ...more

Kazuya Tsurumaki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Kazuya Tsurumaki is a Japanese anime director. He was born on February 2, 1966 in the city of Gosen, located in the Niigata Prefecture. He is the protégé of Hideaki Anno, and a ...more

Takuya Igarashi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Takuya Igarashi Takuya Igarashi is a Japanese freelance anime director who originally worked for Toei Animation. He has also sometimes used the alias Jūgo Kazayama.

Hiroshi Fukutomi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Hiroshi Fukutomi is an anime director born July 25, 1950 in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. After leaving Tokyo Designer Gakuin in the middle of his studies, he joined A Production. In 1982, with some ...more

Hiroshi Saitô is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Hiroshi Saitô is an animator and film director.

Yoram Gross is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Yoram Gross is an Australian producer of children’s and family entertainment. His company is best known for producing Blinky Bill and Dot and the Kangaroo.

Gisaburō Sugii is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Gisaburō Sugii Gisaburō Sugii is an anime director and Nihonga artist. Born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, he is a member of the anime studio Group TAC, and is best known for his work as director of ...more

Masaaki Yuasa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Masaaki Yuasa is an anime television and film director, screenwriter, storyboard artist and animator known for his wild free form style. He was born on March 16, 1965 in Fukuoka, Japan. His most ...more

Richard Rich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Animation Directors
Richard Rich is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Rich is founder and owner of Crest Animation Productions. Rich started his career in the mailroom of the Walt Disney Studios but ...more