Top 10 Greatest Animators Of All Time


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The Top Ten

Walt Disney
Walt Disney had heart and feeling to his art / animation / movies.. his was the best of the best.
It was he who did the animation known, and will always be remembered for his good old classics that were created during the difficult moments. Had it not been for him, we had not seen colorful animated movies today. He was a perfectionist and showed what we can do with fantasy!
He is best in all bests animator... Amazing creativity and thinking
Awesome characters in his movies and programmes... No one ccan be like him
[Newest]Really you r great

2Hayao Miyazaki
Something about Miyazaki's animation gives such a wonderful feeling to the audience. While his animation style is more anime than Walt Disney's--which is, in a sense, a sort of mixture of the cartoon style and a few other things--one can't ignore the masterpieces in his films. While watching "The Wind Rises", as well as all of his work actually, I noticed the great detail spent in the background. As well as when the female was painting, you could almost feel the paint. The movements in his animations are beautifully done, not to mention that Miyazaki is one of the only animators left who does traditional rather than digital. Not to say that digital is a bad thing--in fact, as an artist, I greatly appreciate all digital work. I find it harder in some aspects than traditional too--but something about the beautiful lines and camera movements in traditional animation... It's just something you can't deny. There's also the fact that every time I watch on of Miyazaki's I notice how he makes the viewing to the audience seem just as though a camera were doing it all, and not pencil and paper. I'm sure you know what I mean. With all the pan ups, downs, sides, etc.

I'd also like to mention his amazing story telling. Especially seen in his more sci-fi/fantasy films (Spirited Away, Castle In The Sky, Howls Moving Castle, Princes Mononoke, etc), Hayao Miyazaki seems to put so much effort in making symbolism, good 4D characters (personality wise and appearance wise), his background stories and settings. Everything that many authors seem to forget nowadays, Miyazaki seems to put even more attention to it.

// I also love the fact that most of his movies aren't romance. There's nice little platonic love, and that's fun //
Lets be honest here, Walt Disney's so called animes (in fact, is more of a cartoon than anything else so it should even be on this list in the first place -_-) are nothing but fun little story for kids to enjoy. But on the other hand, Hayao Miyazaki's anime is not only extremely interesting to watch, if you can actually FULLY understand the story, in every single one of he's anime there is an allegory buried deep inside the story to helps us to understand a set of principle or concept which actually helped me to build my own foundation of principles as a kid. So therefore, in my opinion Hayao Miyazaki is the best animator as he's anime is for EVERYONE and that it can also make a huge impact on your mind while Walt Disney's 'animes' are just a story with nothing deeper to it, that is, for kids who just want to burn their time.
Walt Disney was a pioneer but Miyazaki has an awesome depth to his stories and flow to his animation that I haven't seen in many other films. I also know people who have studied animation and some of the study samples they have shown me are derived from Miyazaki's work (ie. How to draw facial expressions, etc). I have heard that when professional animators need inspiration, they watch a Miyazaki movie.
[Newest]I think that Miyazaki surpasses Disney as an artist, but Disney was more a business man and hence, more popular
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3Matt Groening
Matt Groening is not an Animator. He is a cartoonist. All animation work is done by actual animators. His show is undoubtedly cemented in American culture and is significant in many respects. However, per this list, he is not an actual animator
Maybe so but the characters were his idea after all and he was the designer for each character. That in my mind is pretty close to being an animator/cartoonist. Does your theory mean that Will Hanna and Joe Barbera were just cartoonists too?
Last I checked The Simpsons have lasted over 500 episodes, of course Matt Groening is one of the greatest animators around at the moment. Plus he resurrected Futurama.
[Newest]With memorable characters like Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Barney Gumble, Mr Burns and Bender among others Matt has to be #1

4Seth Mcfarlane
Dude you are awesome you created family guy and voiced ted my fave cartoon character
Your a boss dude!
American Dad, The Cleveland Show and of course Family Guy!
All of those shows aren't good. I think his shows aren't impressive in anyway. Although American Dad had promise in the beginning


5Will Hanna
This is number 1 hands down! These guy created great cartoons such as: The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Flintstones, The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, The Jetsons, The Magilla Gorilla Show, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! And The Smurfs.

They eventually moved forward from those to new cartoon shows (Cartoon Cartoons) such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel and The Powerpuff Girls.
Will Hanna is definitely awesome but he definitely didn't create the smurfs.
As clean as good as entertaining as memorable

6John Lasseter
He's a one of the great animators ever...
This man is born for animation.. After he's creation in up and toy story pixar and disney got new meaning to their respective position...
He's the king right now
Read his class of 2013 speech to Eckerd College. Enough said.

7Chuck Jones
The best known... Impossible not to laugh..
His animation inspires me to work hard.
Wow this guy is like the best by akram

8Genndy Tartakovsky
My favorite with Hayao Miyazaki. I think that he's more than a simple animator, he's an artist. Starting with Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, and creating a masterpiece such as Samurai Jack. Not everybody is chosen by a genius like George Lucas to make a mini-series in the middle of his biggest saga. Also he participated in the artbooks for some action sequences of Iron Man 2, and his last job: Hotel Transylvania
Pretty good for a 10th place, uh?
Great animator. One of my personal favorites. I watched his shows when I was a kid and one day to not only meet him, but be like him, Create the in-depth characters with a interesting story that I can't wait to continue writing.

9Trey Parker/Matt Stone
creators of personalaties such as cartman, kenny eric, and kyle


Greatest of all time next to disney

10Akira Toriyama
Best animator ever! Hands down! No one is allowed to say differently. He is the creator of the dragon ball series, and for that he earns a bunch of respect! 😊
Seriously! Family guy, cow and chicken and the fintstones, higher in rank than DBZ!?

The Contenders

11Tex Avery
This was the guy who practically invented cartoon gags. He created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Droopy the Basset Hound among others.
I'm suprised about the low ranking of arguably the inventor of edgy cartoon gags.
More a director, but deserves the vote.

12Ub Iwerks
Ub (a.K.A. "Ubbe") was Walt Disney's "pen-hand" and a profound innovator throughout his lifetime in the business.

13Rollin "Ham" Hamilton

14Mike Judge
Creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead. Both great shows and actually shows character development with humour also following it.
yeah, damn good animator and voice actor too


15Friz Freleng

16Tim Burton
I love his animation. So gothic so unique. And great stories to go with. Very underrated.

17Hugh Harman

18Max Fleischer
Max Fleischer has devoted his entire life to the animation than anybody else

19Joe Barbera

20Yoshihiro Togashi
Not an animator but I would put him over Akira Toriyama simply because Toriyama only had 1 great Manga/Anime
Dragonball. For the people who want to count DBZ that is only a continuation of Dragonball not a separate entity. While Togashi created Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter. Which have been 2 of the greatest Mangas ever with 2 story lines and even the protagonists are completely different in personality.
Yu yu hakusho. the best anime out there.

21Naoko Takeuchi

22Nick Park
Nick Park has a good intention to create fabulous animated features and shorts and does not brag or spend large amounts of money on wasted items he has a good background and followed his heart to the top of his career as much money as he has rightfully earned he prefers life as simple as it maybe to fit in and not change himself atall hardly which I respect greatly.
The creator of one of the most original and funny animated series ever, his style and technique remains his and his only. As a major fan of stop-motion animation, I have no choice but to vote right here.
Nobody does stop motion animation quite like Nick Park and his Aardman studio. Creature Comforts, Morph, Chicken Run and Wallane & Grommit came from here.


23Stephen Hillenburg

24Philips Lacanlale
His full-bodies aren't really at the highest like that of Hayao Miyazaki or Walt Disney, but his dedication on his animation just shows how much he cares about his animations and such. He doesn't let anyone that watches animation be let down or be looked away from, but due to him making mostly stick figures, that gives him a thumbs down from many people. But, his cinematics, angles, and use of tools on Flash just shows what he is capable of. He is also the one person that got me into animating animations myself. Seriously, check out his latest stuff such as Final Fantasy : Last Mages animation in tribute to the original game series "Final Fantasy".
He isn't really an fb animator and he mostly animates stick figures, but due to his cinematics, and the way he animates them makes it look very decent and its quite entertaining, you should dig up some of his anims, he was also the one who inspired me to animate
My inspiration and always be my inspiration.

25Vinay Singh
I wish you get under top 10
I never seen such a good perfect work, he is awesome...

26Tom Ruegger

27Brad Bird

28Don Bluth
Don Bluth's animations have a distinct whimsical style to them, most evident in his not so successful box office films such as Thumbelina (which even as I child, I have noticed the imagery to be beyond any other I've seen) and "A troll in Central Park". And "All dogs go to Heaven" (more critically acclaimed than the two I previously mentioned) is equally as stunning. Of coarse then there are his Stephen Spielberg films which did significantly well at the box office such as "An American Tale", when I watched this, my favorite part was the animations, I especially love Bluth's attention to detail. His movies are like magic, everything seems to glide and has a destination to reach.
Bluth is one of my favorite directors, however his movies are either amazing like secret of nimh and land before time or terrible like a troll in central park and thumbalina.
Although his animation style is beautiful and has unbelievable attention to detail. He truly doesn't get the credit he deserves, and I would love to see him make a return to the big screen
How did it take so long for people to add this guy? He possibly tops all of these guys

29Carmen Maxwell

30Maxwell Atoms

31Thurop Van Herman

32Andrew Stanton

33Richard Williams
On pure classic Disney animations, this is the second best animator in the world, first comes Milt Khal.
HUGE influence for every young animator.
Artist plain and simple

34Jan Svankmajer
He is so dark and mysterious! The way he makes the clay animation move and come to life and even interact with each other is amazing, I have no idea why he is higher... His creepy and sinister animation should be higher!

35Monty Oum
Monty is too low in this list amazing man and amazing work rip monty you will never leave our hearts and neither will your work

36Robert Clampett
Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent!
Matty Mattel, and Sister Belle, and Go-Go Man Van Gogh.
Don't forget Cecil's best pal, Beanie!

37C.H. Greenblatt

38Isao Takahata

39Don Hertzfeldt
This cartoonist has the ability to make his films both immensely funny and extremely emotional.

40Charles Schulz

41Makoto Shinkai
Many considered him as the next-Miyazaki. His best works like "5 cm per second" and "The Garden of Words" are on the list of Best Realistic animated film ever.

42Terry Gilliam
His cut-out animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus are pretty witty! Jolly good improvisation, with no need for having to paint animation cels.


43Vladimir Tytler
Animator on Pinocchio and other early Disney films, pretty much invented many of the techniques many of the others now use.

44John Kricfalusi
John K. Is on of the most revolutionary animators of the modern era. From Mighty Mouse to Ren and Stimpy, Kricfalusi is certainly no "eediot".

45Barry Purves

46Michael Dante DiMartino
He is the co-creator of Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra with Bryan Konietzko please vote him because that he does it's art not only animation and deserves to be first.

47Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life)
I have to give Joe props just for creating what is actually, in fact, quite possibly the single greatest cartoon series on the face of the Earth (or, at least, the United States).


48Dean DeBlois

49Koji Morimoto

His a really good youtube animator I love him I think he deserves this spot

51Walter Lanz
Woody, Andy, and those lovable bears.

52Craig McCracken
From 2 stupid dog toSuper-friends (dexter's lab) to power puff girls to Fosters home for imaginary friends to wonder over yonder.
This man has given a gift to three generations ask anyone from the 90s a show they liked they would say Power Puff girls 2000s Foster was a hilarious cartoon and wander over yonder is brilliant these are three shows hed created he should of been in the top 10 number if necessary

53Katsuhiro Otomo

54Tatsuyuki Tanaka

55James Baxter
One of the top present Disney animators, he animated that scene of beauty and the beast not only dancing, but they are moving in 3D world perspective! And he was the supervisor & animator of the movie Spirit.
The adventure time horse that he came in for displays a perfect pendulum action. And the swooping on the camera in beauty and the beast, please, there's no competition.

56Peter Chung

57Kenneth Muse

58Richard Baneham

59Ronald Searle

60Edd Gould
He is a cool animator he have sense of humor. Especially, when if come to his Cartoon EDDSWORLD..
He is a cool animator
Why so low? His animations are amazing and it's always a pleasure to see how his animations evolved, from stick figures to the very first eddisode of Eddsworld to the eddisode WTFuture and beyond. His artwork may not be perfect but that's the beauty of Eddsworld, and it suits his incredible sense of humor as well. Definitely my favorite animator.

61Robert Zemeckis
The Miyazaki of Motion Capture. Yes his style is to many alienating, but then almost everything was when it was new. The Polar Express is now a beloved Christmas classic.

62Julian Antonisz

63Jim Trainor

64Bill Melendez

65Stephen and Timothy Quay
I believe they did not make movies, they made art.

66Winsor McCay
He developed animation. Brilliant
The father of animation in America, he created the artform we know and love today.

67Paul Terry
Where would we be without Heckle and Jeckle?

68Frank Frazetta

69Bruce Timm
One of the best animators
Did a lot of great shows such as the justice league, batman and green lantern the animated series,

70Bryan Konietzko
He is the co-creator of the best cartoon ever Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra with Michael Date DiMartino please vote for him because that he does it's art not only animation and deserves to be first.
He is the co-creator of Avatar The last Airbender and The Legend of Korra Michael Dante DiMartino please vote him because that's who he it's art not only animation and deserves to be first

71Lauren Faust

72Aaron Blaise

73Pendleton Ward
Adventure time and Braves warriors


75Rod Scribner

76Irven Spence

77Gene Deitch

78Bill Plympton

79Grim Natwick

80Jim Tyer

81David Silverman

82Gerard Baldwin

83Butch Hartman

84Arin Hanson
My all time favorite! Amazing guy, hilarious voice actor, and most of all an outstanding animator.

85Rebecca Sugar

86Sue Rose

87Emezie Okorafor
No, he might not have created amazing T.V. hits or movies that are 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but surely he's a great animator. He's responsible for Chubby Mermaid (which I loved), and Porkchop n' Flatscreen (which I also loved). This guy is pretty underrated, but is really quite amazing.

88Glen Keane
His work in the Little Mermaid started the Disney Renaissance, a glorious period in Disney's history that lead to hit after hit. He believed in his characters and treasured the moments when he drew them (in fact, he found more joy in drawing them than in seeing the final product). His rough sketches were drawn so well as to show movement. He describes animation as a passion, not a job.

He is the most inspiring animator I've ever known of and is the main reason why I became interested in animation.
Glen Keane is on the top of present Disney animators, he animated the beast in "beauty and the beast" Disney feature!
He should be under top ten...

89Milt Kahl
This is the world's best animator in all history of animation! One of the classical Disney 9 old men animators.

90Ralph Bakshi

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