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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 is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of ...more

Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Animators
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and ...more

Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Animators
Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror and fantasy films such as ...more

Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Animators
Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, television director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South ...more

Trey Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Animators
Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for being the co-creator of South Park ...more

Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Animators
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen ...more

Matt Groening is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Animators
Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is a U.S. cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as ...more

Terry Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Animators
Terry Gilliam is a actor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and a writer.

Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Animators
Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and ...more

John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Animators
John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the ...more

Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Animators
Max Fleischer was an Polish Jewish American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer ...more

Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Animators
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

Friz Freleng is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Animators
Isadore "Friz" Freleng, often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of ...more

Walter Lantz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Animators
Walter Benjamin Lantz was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker.

Jeffrey Katzenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Animators
Jeffrey Katzenberg is an American businessman, film studio executive and film producer. As a businessman, he is the CEO of DreamWorks Animation and is also known for his tenure as chairman of ...more

Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Animators
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, who began his career as an animator. Bird developed a love for the art of animation at an ...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 "Bill" Hanna was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people ...more

Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Animators
Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an Italian-American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained ...more

Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Animators
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

Norman McLaren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Animators
Norman McLaren, CC, CQ was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and ...more

Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Animators
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

Jay Ward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Animators
J Troplong "Jay" Ward 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 was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a ...more

Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Animators
Adam Elliot is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over seven-hundred ...more

Tex Avery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Animators
Frederick Bean "Tex" Avery was an American animator, cartoonist, voice actor and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. He did ...more

Walt Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Animators
Walter Crawford Kelly, Jr. or Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing ...more

Ray Harryhausen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Animators
Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation." His ...more

Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Animators
Eli Raphael Roth is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He is known for directing the horror film Hostel and its sequel, Hostel: Part II. He is also known for his role as ...more

Dean DeBlois is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Animators
Dean DeBlois is a Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator and editor. He is best known for co-writing and co-directing the Oscar-nominated animated films Lilo & Stitch ...more

Dan Harmon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Animators
Dan Harmon is an American writer and performer. Harmon is best known for creating and producing NBC comedy series Community, co-creating Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty, and ...more

Don Bluth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Animators
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

Larry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Animators
Larry Jordan is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the Bay Area in California since 1955, and making films since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and ...more

Rich Moore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Animators
Rich Moore is an American animation director and a business partner in Rough Draft Studios, best known for his work on The Simpsons, Futurama and Wreck-It Ralph.

John Challis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Animators
John Challis is an English actor. He played Terrance Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, and its spin-off The Green Green

Andreas Deja is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Animators
Andreas Deja is a Polish-born German-American character animator, most noted for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Deja's work includes serving as supervising animator on characters in ...more

Kai Pindal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Animators
Kai Pindal is a film director, screenwriter and production designer.

David Silverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Animators
David Silverman is an American animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie. Silverman was involved with the series ...more

Bob Clampett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Animators
Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes animated series from Warner Bros., and the ...more

Christopher Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Animators
Chris Williams is an American film director, screenwriter and animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He directed the short film Glago's Guest and co-directed Bolt and Big Hero 6, which won ...more

Frédéric Back is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Animators
Frédéric Back, OC CQ was a Canadian artist and film director of short animated films. During a long career with Radio-Canada, the French-language service of the Canadian ...more

Butch Hartman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Animators
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

Gary Kurtz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Animators
Gary Kurtz is an American film producer whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz. Kurtz also co-produced the 1989 ...more

Sophie Merry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Animators
Sophie Merry is a Dublin-based Irish actor, film maker, dancer and part-time model. She is known for her "Groovy Dancing Girl" videos.

Bill Melendez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Animators
José Cuauhtémoc "Bill" Meléndez was a Mexican American character animator, film director, voice artist and producer, known for his cartoons for Walt Disney ...more

Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Animators

Dennis Greenidge is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Animators

Joe Ranft is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Animators
Joe Ranft was an Animator, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Storyboard Artist and a Film Producer.

Benh Zeitlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Animators
Benjamin Harold "Benh" Zeitlin is an American filmmaker, composer and animator.

Dave Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Animators
David "Dave" Fleischer was an American animation film director and film producer, best known as a co-owner of Fleischer Studios with his two older brothers Max Fleischer and Lou ...more