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List of Famous Animators

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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
    Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker,...  more

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  • Walt Disney
    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,...  more

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  • Tim Burton
    Timothy Walter Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an American filmmaker, artist, writer, and...  more

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  • Matt Stone
    Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an American animator, producer, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Trey Parker
    Randolph Severn "Trey" Parker III (born October 19, 1969) is an American animator, director,...  more

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  • Dr. Seuss
    Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American ...  more

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  • Matt Groening
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  • Terry Gilliam
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  • Mike Judge
    Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator,...  more
  • John Lasseter
    John Alan Lasseter (; born January 12, 1957) is an American animator, filmmaker, and former...  more
  • Max Fleischer
    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a...  more
  • Chuck Jones
    Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator,...  more

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  • Friz Freleng
    Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an...  more
  • Walter Lantz
    Walter Benjamin Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator,...  more
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg
    Jeffrey Katzenberg (; born December 21, 1950) is an American film executive, film producer and...  more

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  • Brad Bird
    Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American animator, director,...  more
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  • William Hanna
    William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director,...  more
  • Joseph Barbera
    Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BAIR-ə, BAR-bər-ə, Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December...  more
  • Genndy Tartakovsky
    Genndy Tartakovsky (; born January 17, 1970) is a Russian-American animator, director,...  more
  • Norman McLaren
    Norman McLaren, (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a Scottish Canadian animator, director...  more
  • Hayao Miyazaki
    Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker,...  more

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  • Jay Ward
    Jay Ward (September 20, 1920 – October 12, 1989) was an American creator and producer of...  more
  • Art Clokey
    Arthur "Art" Clokey (born Arthur Charles Farrington; October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010) was...  more
  • Adam Elliot
    Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972) is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer,...  more