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!

He is best in all bests animator... Amazing creativity and thinking
Awesome characters in his movies and programmes... No one ccan be like him


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

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

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.

Hayao Miyazaki's movie's are for all ages- you can't not enjoy them. They each have a story- most of them- and are all beautifully animated. Miyazaki puts a lot of time into his movies, drawing out each scene. Walt Disney's movies are aimed towards children. Miyazaki's movies can be enjoyed by all ages. Totoro was a story about two girls who lived in the 50s with their dad while their mother was away in the hospital, and meet the forest spirit Totoro. Princess Mononoke is a movie that takes place in medival times, with forest gods. Spirited Away is a movie about a girl who is moving, and her parents go into a cave, and on the other side is a theme park. She has to save her parents, and tries to get a job. She makes new friends on her journey. These are just three of his amazing masterpieces. The Wind Rises, he latest, yet last movie was beautifully animated, and the storyline was beautiful. I honestly though it would be about fairies, but It was about a boy with glasses who wanted to ...more

Miyazaki Hayao deserves all the hype

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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.

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.

Matt Groening is a legend!

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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.

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

Seth MacFarlane has always been my inspiration, and I wish one day I could be like him, I really respect this man here, he's the boss.

Seth is incredible and a genius, he has it all: Funny, Goodlooking, Great singer, rich, intellegent etc

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5 Chuck Jones

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

His animation inspires me to work hard.

Wow this guy is like the best by akram

The king

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6 Will 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.

As clean as good as entertaining as memorable

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

1/2 of Hanna-Barbera - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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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.

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

He's the king right now

I just love the work and as an up coming animator I believe there is mush in his work to learn from
Desmond Feni From Uganda

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8 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.

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

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 deserves number 2 or 3! what!

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

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9 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.

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?

10 Trey Parker/Matt Stone

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

Greatest of all time next to disney

The Contenders

11 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.

12 Akira Toriyama


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

This dude created a CLASSIC

Thanks for dbz make awesome

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13 Ub Iwerks

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

#1 in my opinion

Should be higher than 13th

Disneys number one animator

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14 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.

15 Mike Judge Mike Judge Michael Craig "Mike" Judge is an American actor, voice actor, animator, writer, producer, director, and musician.

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

16 Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
17 Friz Freleng
18 Don Bluth Don 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.

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.

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

Definitely one of my favourites

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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 Hugh Harman

If it works with Walt then it works with me

21 Charles Schulz

The one who influenced me the most to become an animator

The guy who created Charlie Brown! - DA25

22 Max Fleischer

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

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

23 Joseph Barbera
24 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

25 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.

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26 Naoko Takeuchi
27 Tom Ruegger
28 Stephen Hillenburg Stephen Hillenburg Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American marine biologist, cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, and voice actor, who is best known for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants.

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

29 Seth Green Seth Green
30 Brad Bird

The director of the Incredibles! - DA25

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!

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

31 Carmen Maxwell
32 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

33 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".

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

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34 Vinay Singh

I wish you get under top 10

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

35 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

36 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.

37 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.

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

38 Richard Williams

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

HUGE influence for every young animator.

Artist plain and simple

How is he not the best. have you ever seen thief and the cobbler?

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39 Ed Barge
40 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 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

41 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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42 Maxwell Atoms Maxwell Atoms Maxwell Atoms is an American animator, screenwriter and voice actor. Atoms was best known as the creator of Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy franchise.
43 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.

44 Alex Hirsch Alex Hirsch Alexander Robert "Alex" Hirsch is an American animator, storyboard artist, voice actor, and television producer. He is best known as the creator of the Disney XD animated television series Gravity Falls, where he voices some of the characters.

He made Gravity Falls, enough said. But also, Disney called him after seeing his work on YouTube from his college days, He went to The California Institute of the Arts along with Pendelton Ward and some other good animators. That's all I have to say, bye...

The creator of Geavity Falls! - DA25

45 Thurop Van Herman
46 Robert Clampett

Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent!
Matty Mattel, and Sister Belle, and Go-Go Man Van Gogh.

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47 Butch Hartman Butch Hartman Elmer Earl Hartman IV, better known as Butch Hartman, is an American animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator and actor, best known for creating the Nickelodeon shows The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast.
48 Jan 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!

49 Kenneth Muse
50 Rod Scribner
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