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List of famous animators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top animators in the world? This includes the most prominent animators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable animators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic animators 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 animators.

Examples of people on this list include Dr. Seuss and Seth MacFarlane. Featuring multimedia artists, the best animation artists, and famous animators of history, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known animators to the lesser known animators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the animator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous animators ever?" and "What are the names of famous animators?" then you're in the right place.
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Animators
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy (1999–present) and The ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Animators
Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...more

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Animators
Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American filmmaker, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice ...more

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Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Animators
Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American animator, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for co-creating South Park (1997–present) as well as co-writing the ...more

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Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Animators
Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and composer. He is known for co-creating South Park (1997–) ...more

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Animators
Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is ...more

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Matt Groening is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Animators
Matthew Abraham Groening ( (listen) GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell ...more

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Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Animators
Terrence Vance Gilliam (; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and former member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Gilliam ...more

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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Animators
Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator, cartoonist, actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, composer, filmmaker, and former physicist. ...more

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John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Animators
John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American animator, filmmaker, and former chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios. He was also the ...more
Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Animators
Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a Polish-American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Born in Kraków, Poland, Fleischer became a ...more

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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Animators
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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Friz Freleng is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Animators
Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, producer, and composer known for his work at ...more
Walter Lantz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Animators
Walter Benjamin Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, director and actor best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating ...more
Jeffrey Katzenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Animators
Jeffrey Katzenberg (; born December 21, 1950) is an American film executive, film producer and media proprietor. He became well known for his tenure as chairman of Walt Disney Studios from 1984 ...more

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Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Animators
Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American animator, director, screenwriter, producer and voice actor best known for his animated feature films The Iron Giant (1999), The ...more
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Animators
Georgia Hubley is an American percussionist, vocalist, and visual artist. She is one of the two founding members of the alternative-rock band Yo La Tengo. She is married to the group's other ...more
William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Animators
William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, cartoon artist, and musician whose film and television cartoon characters ...more
Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Animators
Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BAIR-ə, BAR-bər-ə, Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, ...more
Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Animators
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
Norman McLaren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Animators
Norman McLaren, (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a Scottish Canadian animator, director and producer known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). He was a pioneer in a ...more
Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Animators
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
Jay Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Animators
Jay Ward (September 20, 1920 – October 12, 1989) was an American creator and producer of animated TV cartoon shows. He produced animated series based on such characters as Crusader Rabbit, Rocky ...more
Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Animators
Arthur "Art" Clokey (born Arthur Charles Farrington; October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010) was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the ...more
Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Animators
Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972) is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in ...more