Top 10 Greatest Animators of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

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!

Still got the Aladdin lunch pail. Am grateful the maestro Walter Elias Disney for introducing animation rich in content across enlightening ages. Despite modes of video changing the classics have heart to win one back again, and where no longer exists they are still true from other modern day animators. Should hope the best for the persona return in any shape or format in this opinion. Snow White being among the first animations is still the most resonant and heartfelt feature movie than most here as well. An excellent figure in beautiful animation niche of subjects. - iliescu


2 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

Improving Hayao Miyazaki is mentioning in animation there are with Horses in most of the finest film for the Hero or Heroine to mount something in each animation as method of transportation! Going to list behind the main post such that it does not scrap the main points am communicating attempting. Regards to, associations with Disney America is a fine asset and does well. The 10 animations am most fond with is Mononoke, Nausicaa, Kiki, Wind Rises, Howl's Moving Castle, Earthsea, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, The Cat Returns, and Whisper of the Heart. Real strong is the Studio Ghibli with this animator. Hayao Miyazaki with Studio Ghibli have more than 10 of the most extravagant charming feature films or presentations have ever seen. Disney has Aladdin and Snow White which follow suit without the upgrade in film technology something as Big Hero 6 or the clay animation The Nightmare Before Christmas. Those are nice but to where the soul is the Studio Ghibli delivers with titles as ...more - iliescu

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 ...more

Hayao Miyazaki with Studio Ghibli have more than 10 of the most extravagant charming feature films or presentations have ever seen. Disney has Aladdin and Snow White which follow suit without the upgrade in film technology something as Big Hero 6 or the clay animation The Nightmare Before Christmas. Those are nice but to where the soul is the Studio Ghibli delivers with titles as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, or Princess Mononoke kind of video which anyone can be fond of. While Disney remains richer, Miyazaki pursues and proves there can be more to a 2 or more hour movie of the traditional breakthroughs which is great news for the future of that kind of animation. Disney is rich and capable to advance levels of animations, Studio Ghibli is still with intelligent and witty while keeping the charm when Disney began 1930s where Ghibli began 1980s. The style survives and seems to thrive for more than 50 years. then to 2020 another 40 years. Hence in 10 years what might be 2030 is ...more - iliescu

A truly gifted man with true artistic talent in animation, with Walt Disney at a close second. - TopTenTed

3 Matt Groening Matt Groening Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor best known for creating the famous television shows, The Simpsons and Futurama.

The Simpsons and Matt Groening are the best artists in the television category. The best part about the Simpsons is it seems to evolve without issues over the span of 30 years since 1989, A heavy weight champion and true to the form of entertainment in unimaginable circumstances to even some of the middle class. Beautifully done series and hope the Simpsons continue to amaze. Great work and the reason am in its favor instead of Futurama is it still has potential plus there are more nice things to remember even with some pitfalls every now and then. Family Guy is also too obscene but the fact it is most of the time is why the Simpsons return. Real interesting, will not be certain what to expect with this! - iliescu

Brilliant and creative, although I prefer Walt disney - TranslatorFails

Simpsons is hands down awesome!
- Robert

Futurama is huge, glad about the Planet Express ship even years after. The characters are quirky and can get use to. The crew itself are distinct and unique from each other though on the same team by very much. The interactions complete as surely something when conclusions are done. A fine animator for the modern planet. Neat solutions with Matt Groening, happy those titles turn out that well. - iliescu

4 Seth MacFarlane Seth MacFarlane Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American television producer, filmmaker, actor, and singer, working primarily in animation and comedy, as well as live-action and other genres.

He's number 4? Oh no!

American Dad is a good one. For some reason despite less popularity find it better than the Family Guy which sometimes is overboard by much in comparison. A job well done, comedy gem at the same time not as obscene. - iliescu

Seth MacFarlane took what was mainly for children, save for The Simpsons and took it to a new level making cartoons something for adults too. While it can be said that his shows go too far, and they're not necessarily award-worthy, it cannot be denied that the animation is top notch. Watch the two-part episode of Family Guy with the Mansion mystery featuring James Woods and you'll see that he brings it to a whole new level for simple television animation. He's definitely a huge contributor to the field in the past two decades

One of the worst animators ever

5 Will Hanna

Space Ghost Coast to Coast is hard to forget. Well done Will Hanna, a fine Cartoon record, even more so noticing Space Ghost is a part of it all. A hint of comedy and there is some fine animations to see a long with that. Pretty awesome! - iliescu

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.

As clean as good as entertaining as memorable

Will Hanna is definitely awesome but he definitely didn't create the smurfs.

6 Chuck Jones

Even Seth MacFarlane would admit that Chuck Jones is better...

The best known... Impossible not to laugh..

His animation inspires me to work hard.

Wow this guy is like the best by akram

7 John Lasseter John Lasseter John Alan Lasseter is an American animator and film director, who is the chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios.

I love the toy story Franchise though he deserves to be at the top three

Toy Story brings out the kid in people and think it should get more recognition but a vote for Mr. Lasseter is the right direction anyhow. The five major personas in toward 2020. So fine work John with that team it is more charming this way in opinion from here. Not fully sure but not far off either. - iliescu

He is my best animator and great inspire in every one life as an animator and his great animation Director and creativity

He is my best animator and great inspire in my life as an animator

8 Akira Toriyama


Thanks for dbz make awesome

IS he an animator? I thought he was an artist. - Goku02

This dude created a CLASSIC

9 Tim Burton Tim Burton Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, Gothic, eccentric, and quirky fantasy films such as Beetle-juice (1988), Edward Scissor-hands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the biographical film more.

He so salty bro

I like the Nightmare Before Christmas, and that it is still alive. This guy is a huge star, animation is rare here. - iliescu

Tim Burton makes the whole animation a stunning art of stop-motion. In stop motion animations, plots can get pretty dull, but Mr.Burton hopped over that wall. There is something to his work that makes it so mysterious and magical. It encourages us to crave more into curiousness and uniqueness in our surroundings. One animation or movie from him just forms that kind of atmosphere. And that is something no animator can ever inherit.

He animated for disney... and I enjoy his unique style.

10 Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky is a Russian American animator, director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and co-creating Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011, Tartakovsky joined Sony Pictures Animation, more.

I'll admit I'm not really a huge fan of his other projects but I'll give him credit for making Samurai Jack (one of the best cartoons ever made).

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.

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?

The Newcomers

? Adam Katz

The creator of Inanimate Insanity! - QueenieAG

The Contenders

11 Trey Parker/Matt Stone

creators of personalaties such as cartman, kenny eric, and kyle - munkee_linc97

Greatest of all time next to disney

12 Tex Avery

This was the guy who practically invented cartoon gags. He created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Droopy the Basset Hound among others.

More a director, but deserves the vote.

I'm suprised about the low ranking of arguably the inventor of edgy cartoon gags.

13 Joe Barbera Joe Barbera

Is he the son of Joseph Barbara? I mean, his face at the picture was the next Scream painting.

Joe Barbera was one half of Hanna/Barbera.

14 Ub Iwerks

Should be way higher


Ub stayed and helped walt Disney through all the trouble in their business

Should be higher than 13th

15 Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
16 Friz Freleng
17 Nick 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. - jezza0

18 Don Bluth Don Bluth

Adam Katz > Don Bluth - QueenieAG

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.

I'm sure Don Bluth films was mistaken for a Disney films but I'm sure he is the "next of Walt Disney". Except Bluth's animation has different perspective and animations unlike Walt which both have magical moments. The difference? Well, the animation, the plots, and the some stuff. Also, his films have details than Walt does. I'm sure people thought his films are made by Disney but you are wrong.

Director Don Bluth was by far one of the greatest animation gods who ever the 80's.
-Nostalgia Critic

19 Isao Takahata

Not quite as fantastic as Hayao Miyazaki, but still a very good director.

His film grave of the fireflies was beautiful and heartbreaking

I love his work

20 Masayuki Uchiyama
21 Mike Judge Mike Judge Michael Craig "Mike" Judge is an American actor, voice actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and musician.

How is Seth MacFarlane at fourth place...

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 - CrowdedChisel

22 Hugh Harman

If it works with Walt then it works with me

23 Tai’ichirō Ohara
24 Charles Schulz

The one who influenced me the most to become an animator

The guy who created Charlie Brown! - DA25

25 Max Fleischer

This man was the reason Walt Disney got popular in the first place

Most underrated animator in my opinion, his style inspired everyone.

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

26 Akio Katada
27 Naotoshi Shida
28 Joseph Barbera
29 Tetsuya Saeki
30 Mitsuo Shindō
31 Yoshihiro 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.

32 Naoko Takeuchi
33 Richard Williams

The fact that Richard Williams is just #38 on this list is OBSCENE. Without a doubt the greatest animator ever, he's up there with Don Bluth and the Nine Old Men.

Has anyone seen how obsessed this guy is? 20 years in one film of passion, ultimately never properly finished: the thief and the cobbler. First truly amazing animation mixed with live action in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. For better or worse, he's devoted all of his life to the art

Studied at the feet of the masters... wrote the animation 'bible'... roger rabbit...
Only 38 place in the list?! that's absurd! how framed Richard Williams?

HUGE influence for every young animator.

34 Tom Ruegger
35 Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was an American cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, voice actor, and marine biologist who was best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. He also contributed to Rocko's Modern Life as a director and producer. more.

Dude this guy is amazing, he's really underrated he worked on rocko modern life and moved onto make one of the greatest and most popular cartoons of all time SpongeBob, and has cool interests and inspirations

I so agree R.I.P

36 Brad Bird

This guy is a legend. The Iron Giant, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, The Incredibles, Ratatouille are the many projects that he's been involed in!

The director of the Incredibles! - DA25

So um... do people not know this guy? Because um... we seem to kow every other legend but this guy...

37 Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Sugar Rebecca Rea Sugar is a Jewish American animator, composer and director. She is best known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, which has made her the first woman to independently create a series for the network.

She made Steven Universe so she's automatically great


Creator Of Steven Universe

Best Shiw Evah

That evil lady, she is beating the 2016 PPG's! Listen to Julia Pott, she'll be better! - DA25

38 Seth Green Seth Green
39 Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru
40 Carmen Maxwell
41 Philips 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".

My inspiration and always be my inspiration.

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

42 Vinay Singh

I wish you get under top 10

I never seen such a good perfect work, he is awesome...

43 Irven Spence

One of the original animators for Tom and Jerry, Spence was known for his great action animation. He continued to work until his 80's. He is greatly missed.

He refused to work for Disney because of the bad working conditions there. Later it was said that Irven Spence was the one animator Disney couldn't get.

44 Bob Clampett Bob Clampett 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 television shows Time for Beany and Beany and Cecil.

He should be at the top 5 honestly.
Many cartoons artists from Deviantart, Twitter...etc was using his design and animation style.
If you love that kinda of characters design with evil eyes look and big evil smile, and they animated with many smear and fluid moves, and their faces feature changed in weird and funny look so Bob is the one who represented that theme in Looney Tunes shorts at 1930s & 1940s.
Even if you love Skullgirls and anime shows made by Studio TRIGGER or surrealistic qualities, energetic and any animated show/film with outrageous flexibility animation, and irreverent humor, so you should love Bob because he invented that animation style.

Bob Clampett is my favorite WB director, due to the fact, his animation was the best and no one made the characters funnier than he did! Bob himself was also a very nice and funny person. Bob deserve more praise! - Svampbob164

The creator of Beany and Cecil! - DA25

45 Craig McCracken Craig McCracken Craig McCracken is an American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for Cartoon Network, as well as writing and storyboarding for Oscar's Oasis and Dexter's Laboratory in Kids' WB. more.

This man made 3 shows. How many sucked? 0! He puts effort into his work and will stop at nothing to make good shows. - tiffanyfrozen5110

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

This man created my childhood favourites

46 Naoki Miyahara
47 Ed Barge
48 Don Hertzfeldt

He does this stuff all on his own over the course of years, and though it's simplistic, it's got a smoothness to it that shows real talent. And this isn't even mentioning his artistic creativity and his wonderful writing.

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

He should be higher up on the list. His work is fantastic.

49 Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life) Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life) Joseph David "Joe" Murray is an American animator, writer, illustrator, producer, director, and voice actor, best known as the creator of the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko's Modern Life and the Cartoon Network animated series Camp Lazlo.

I have to give Joe props just for creating what is actually, in fact, quite possibly the single greatest Nickelodeon comedy cartoon series on the face of the Earth (or, at least, the United States). - xandermartin98

Ha hay, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life! - DA25

50 Monty 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

Monty was an amazing talent

Monty...what he made,with his dedication is just...a beauty beyond words. May he Rest In Peace.

I think he is the biggest tallent in this list...

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