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

While Uncle Walt was in fact one of the greatest people(you can even say leaders) associated with animation, I do not think he is the greatest "animator" of all time. Walt himself did animation in the general sense in the 1920s, when he was still trying to build up his studio with artists. Once he had his skilled artists together, he would resort to building story based on a novel or something, get assistance(say Ub Iwerks) with building storyboard sketches, and explain the storyboards as if he was an actor, he was one of the greatest storytellers of all time in my opinion. So in this sense, even though I disagree that he is considered the greatest animator of all time, if this was a list of the most influential people with animation, on the other hand, he would easily be the greatest "fairest one of them all". - Matt-Rap

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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

It's terrible that Hayao has retired.

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3 Matt Groening Matt Groening Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor.

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 define comedy as everyone should measure: his works are pure gold"

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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

Your a boss dude!


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5 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
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6 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

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7 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.

I think that will hanna should go up to 3! How many amazing things did he create?!

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8 Tim Burton Tim Burton

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

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 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.

The Newcomers

? Fred Moore

To me personally, Fred Moore was the greatest animator of all time. He is the man who practically created the entire drawing style for the Walt Disney Studios. Even though he only lived until 41 years old, he is an absolute legend in my book. - Matt-Rap

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 Akira Toriyama


Seriously! Family guy, cow and chicken and the fintstones, higher in rank than DBZ!?

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! 😊

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13 Ub Iwerks

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

#1 in my opinion

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

Disneys number one animator

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14 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

15 Joe Barbera Joe Barbera

Joe Barbera was one half of Hanna/Barbera.

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.

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

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19 Isao Takahata V 1 Comment
20 Hugh Harman

If it works with Walt then it works with me

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