Stop motion animators

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  1. Tim Burton

    Tim Burton


    Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton (/ˈbɜrtən/; born August 25, 1958) 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 the horror comedy fantasy Beetlejuice (1988), the romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990), the musical fantasy-thriller The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the comedy-drama biopic Ed Wood (1994), the fantasy adventure Sleepy Hollow (1999), the animated fantasy Corpse Bride (2005), the musical horror film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), the horror comedy Dark Shadows (2012) and the animated horror comedy Frankenweenie (2012). He is also known for blockbusters such as the adventure comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and its first sequel Batman Returns (1992), the sci-fi film Planet of the Apes (2001), the musical adventure film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010), which garnered a worldwide gross of over $1 billion worldwide, being Burton's most successful film to date.

  2. Wes Anderson

    Wes Anderson


    Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style.

  3. Robert Morgan

    Robert Morgan


    Robert Morgan was born in 1974. He is a London based filmmaker, director and writer. He is most known for The Cat with Hands (2001), The Separation (2003) and Bobby Yeah (2011) which between them have won over 30 international awards.

  4. Tunde Adebimpe

    Tunde Adebimpe


    Babatunde Omoroga "Tunde" Adebimpe (born February 25, 1975) is an American musician, actor, director, and visual artist best known as the lead singer of the Brooklyn-based band TV on the Radio. His last name "Adebimpe" means "the crown is complete" in Yoruba.

  5. Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne


    Mark Osborne (September 17, 1970) is an American film director, writer, producer, animator and Guggenheim Fellow (2004).

  6. Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam


    Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam (/ˈɡɪliəm/; born 22 November 1940) is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

  7. David Allen

    David Allen


    David W. Allen (October 22, 1944 – August 16, 1999) was a film and television stop motion model (puppet) animator.

  8. Ray Harryhausen

    Ray Harryhausen


    Raymond Frederick "Ray" Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation."

  9. Nick Park

    Nick Park


    Nicholas Wulstan "Nick" Park, CBE (born 6 December 1958) is an English director, writer, and animator best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Park has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of six times, and won four with Creature Comforts (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).

  10. Lotte Reiniger

    Lotte Reiniger


    Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger (2 June 1899 – 19 June 1981) was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation, anticipating Walt Disney by over ten years. Reiniger made over 40 films over her career, all using her invention. Her most well known films are The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and The Magic Flute, featuring music by Mozart.

  11. Henry Selick

    Henry Selick


    Henry Selick (born November 30, 1952) is an American stop motion director, producer and writer who is best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Coraline. He studied at the Program in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts, under the guidance of Jules Engel.

  12. Adam Elliot

    Adam Elliot


    Adam Elliot (born 2 January 1972 in Berwick, Victoria, Australia) 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 film festivals and have received over one hundred awards, including an Academy Award for Harvie Krumpet and five Annecy Cristals. Elliot calls himself an auteur filmmaker and each of his films have a bittersweet nature to them. He does not engage with commercial work and works exclusively on his own film projects. Based loosely on his family and friends, Elliot calls each of his works a Clayography – clay animated biography. Each film takes up to five years to complete. He is noted for his use of traditional 'in-camera' techniques, which means every prop set and character is a 'real' miniature handcrafted object. Elliot does not use digital additions or computer generated imagery to enhance his visual aesthetic. His company, Adam Elliot Clayographies, produce the films and Elliot’s work practices adhere to the French auteur methodology. Each film has been voiced by notable actors including, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana, William McInnes , Barry Humphries and John Flaus. Elliot is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and in 1999 was awarded The Young Achiever of the Year for Victoria.

  13. Norman McLaren

    Norman McLaren


    Norman McLaren, CC, CQ (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and filmmaking, including drawn-on-film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound.

  14. Art Clokey

    Art Clokey


    Arthur "Art" Clokey (October 12, 1921 – January 8, 2010) 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 film experiment called Gumbasia, which was influenced by his professor, Slavko Vorkapich, at the University of Southern California. Clokey and his wife Ruth subsequently came up with the clay character Gumby and his horse Pokey, who first appeared in the Howdy Doody Show, and later got their own series The Adventures of Gumby, with which they became a familiar presence on American television. The characters enjoyed a renewal of interest in the 1980s when American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Gumby in a skit on Saturday Night Live. In the 1990s Gumby: The Movie was released, sparking even more interest.

  15. Mike Jittlov

    Mike Jittlov


    Mike Jittlov (born June 8, 1948) is an American animator and the creator of short films and one feature-length film using forms of special effects animation, including stop-motion animation, rotoscoping, and pixilation. He is best known for the 1989 feature-length film The Wizard of Speed and Time, based on his 1979 short film of the same name.

  16. George Pal

    George Pal


    George Pal (born György Pál Marczincsak; February 1, 1908 – May 2, 1980) was a Hungarian animator and film producer, principally associated with the science fiction genre. He became an American citizen after emigrating from Europe.

  17. Melissa Goodwin

    Melissa Goodwin


    Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

  18. Walerian Borowczyk

    Walerian Borowczyk


    Walerian Borowczyk (2 September 1923 – 3 February 2006) was an internationally known Polish film director described by film critics as a 'genius who also happened to be a pornographer'. He directed 40 films between 1946 and 1988. Borowczyk settled in Paris in 1959. His career as a film director was mainly in France.

  19. Jan Svankmajer

    Jan Svankmajer


    Jan Švankmajer (born 4 September 1934) is a Czech filmmaker and artist whose work spans several media. He is a self-labeled surrealist known for his animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Terry Gilliam, the Brothers Quay, and many others.

  20. Don Hertzfeldt

    Don Hertzfeldt


    Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is an American writer, animator and independent filmmaker. He is the creator of many animated films, including It's Such a Beautiful Day, World of Tomorrow, The Meaning of Life, and the Academy-Award nominated Rejected. His films have received over 200 awards and have been presented around the world. Seven of his films have competed at the Sundance Film Festival, a festival record. He is also the only filmmaker to have won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice.

  21. Yuriy Norshteyn

    Yuriy Norshteyn


    Yuriy Borisovich Norshteyn PAR (Russian: Ю́рий Бори́сович Норште́йн), or Yuri Norstein (born September 15, 1941) is a Soviet and Russian animator best known for his animated shorts, Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales. Since 1981 he has been working on a feature film called The Overcoat, based on the short story by Nikolai Gogol of the same name. According to the Washington Post, "He is considered by many to be not just the best animator of his era, but the best of all time".

  22. Will Vinton

    Will Vinton


    Will Vinton (born November 17, 1947) in McMinnville, Oregon, is an American director and producer of animated films. He has won an Oscar for his work, and several Emmy Awards and Clio Awards for his studio's work. He also has three kids.

  23. Willis H. O'Brien

    Willis H. O'Brien


    Willis Harold O'Brien (March 2, 1886 – November 8, 1962) was an American motion picture special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer, who according to ASIFA-Hollywood "was responsible for some of the best-known images in cinema history," and is best remembered for his work on The Lost World (1925), King Kong (1933) and Mighty Joe Young (1949), for which he won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

  24. Eric Fogel

    Eric Fogel


    Eric Fogel (born July 8, 1969) is an American director, writer, animator, producer, and voice actor who is best known as the creator of Celebrity Deathmatch. He also created the cult shows; The Head, Starveillance, Glenn Martin, DDS. Fogel also directed several episodes of Daria.

  25. Vladimír Jiránek

    Vladimír Jiránek


    Vladimír Jiránek (June 6, 1938 – November 6, 2012) was a Czech illustrator, film director and cartoonist.

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