Feature film Animation directorsby malosox | created - 07 Dec 2013 | updated - 16 Feb 2014 | Public
Every director (I know) that has directed an Animation Feature Film.
*In alphabetical order.
All suggestions are welcome. Leave them on the comments.
1. James Algar
Director | The Living Desert
James Algar studied at Stanford where he developed his skills as a cartoonist by drawing for the university's satirical magazine, The Chaparral. He joined the Disney Organisation in 1934, initially as animator. He directed the classic "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia (1940), as well as ...
1999 Fantasia/2000 (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") 1942 Bambi (1 out of 6 sequence directors (also 1 supervising director)) 1940 Fantasia (segment "The Sorcerer's Apprentice")
2. Wes Anderson
Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Mark Andrews
Writer | Brave
2012 Brave (1 out of 2 directors (also 1 co-director))
Director | Dumbo
Samuel Armstrong was born on February 5, 1893 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is known for his work on Dumbo (1941), Bambi (1942) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He died on September 29, 1976 in Minneapolis.
1942 Bambi (1 out of 6 sequence directors (also 1 supervising director)) 1941 Dumbo (1 out of 5 sequence directors (also 1 supervising director)(also 1 uncredited director)) 1940 Fantasia (segment "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" and "The Nutcracker Suite")
6. Ralph Bakshi
Director | Wizards
Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. Born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Bakshi grew up in Brownsville after his family came to New York to escape World War II. Bakshi attended the Thomas Jefferson High School and was later transferred to the High School of ...
1992 Cool World 1983 Fire and Ice 1982 Hey Good Lookin' 1981 American Pop 1978 The Lord of the Rings 1977 Wizards 1975 Coonskin 1973 Heavy Traffic 1972 Fritz the Cat
8. Brad Bird
Writer | The Incredibles
Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American director, screenwriter, animator, producer and occasional voice actor, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird was born in Kalispell, Montana, the youngest of four children of Marjorie A. (née Cross) and Philip Cullen Bird. His father worked in...
2007 Ratatouille (1 out of 2 directors) 2004 The Incredibles 1999 The Iron Giant
9. Don Bluth
Director | Anastasia
Don Bluth was one of the chief animators at Disney to come to the mantle after the great one's death. He eventually became the animation director for such films as The Rescuers (1977) and Pete's Dragon (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of animation that Disney was producing at this point was not ...
11. Ash Brannon
Director | Surf's Up
2007 Surf's Up (1 out of 2 directors) 1999 Toy Story 2 (1 out of 2 co-directors (also 1 director)
15. Chris Buck
Director | Frozen
Chris Buck was born on February 24, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Christopher James Buck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Surf's Up (2007) and Tarzan (1999). He is married to Shelley Rae Hinton. They have three children.
2013 Frozen (1 out of 2 directors) 2007 Surf's Up (1 out of 2 directors) 1999 Tarzan (1 out of 2 directors)
16. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...
2012 Frankenweenie 2005 Corpse Bride (1 out of 2 directors)
17. Hendel Butoy
Director | The Rescuers Down Under
Hendel Butoy was born on December 15, 1958 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Hendel Segedi Butoy. He is known for his work on The Rescuers Down Under (1990), The Great Mouse Detective (1986) and The Fox and the Hound (1981). He is married to Menjette "Jette" Jumuad-Butoy. They have two children.
1999 Fantasia/2000 (segments "Pines of Rome", "Piano Concerto No.2") 1990 The Rescuers Down Under
Writer | El secreto de sus ojos
Juan José Campanella was born on July 19, 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a writer and actor, known for The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), The Man of Your Dreams (2011) and El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999).
19. Brenda Chapman
Writer | Brave
Brenda Chapman was born on November 1, 1962 in Beason, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Brave (2012), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The Lion King (1994). She is married to Kevin Lima. They have one child.
2012 Brave (1 out of 2 directors (also 1 co-director)) 1998 The Prince of Egypt (1 out of 3 directors)
20. Sylvain Chomet
Director | Les triplettes de Belleville
Sylvain Chomet was born on November 10, 1963 in Maisons-Laffitte, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines, Île-de-France], France. He is a director and writer, known for The Triplets of Belleville (2003), The Illusionist (2010) and The Old Lady and the Pigeons (1997).
2010 L'illusionniste 2003 Les triplettes de Belleville
21. Ron Clements
Writer | Hercules
Ron Clements was born on April 25, 1953 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Ronald Francis Clements. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). He has been married to Tamara Lee Glumace since February 25, 1989.
2009 The Princess and the Frog (with John Musker) 2002 Treasure Planet (with John Musker) 1997 Hercules (with John Musker) 1992 Aladdin (with John Musker) 1989 The Little Mermaid (with John Musker) 1986 The Great Mouse Detective (1 out of 4 directors)
22. William Cottrell
Director | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
William Cottrell was born on November 19, 1906. He is known for his work on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Peter Pan (1953) and Alice in Wonderland (1951). He was married to Hazel Sewell. He died on December 22, 1995 in Burbank, California, USA.
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1 out of 5 sequence directors (also 1 supervising director))
23. Andrés Couturier
Actor | El agente 00-P2
Andrés Couturier was born on February 5, 1977 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is an actor and director, known for El agente 00-P2 (2009), A Wizard's Tale (2018) and Top Cat Begins (2015).
2012 El Santos VS la Tetona Mendoza (animation director (also 1 director)) 2012 Trepsi, Nuny y Wicho - Arriba y Abajo (animation director (also 1 director)) 2010 Kung Fu Magoo 2009 El agente 00-P2 2003 Magos y gigantes (1 out of 2 directors)
26. Pete Docter
Writer | Up
Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.
2009 Up (1 out of 2 directors) 2001 Monsters, Inc. (also 2 co-directors)
29. Ari Folman
Writer | The Congress
2013 The Congress 2008 Vals Im Bashir
30. Mike Gabriel
Director | The Rescuers Down Under
Mike Gabriel was born on November 5, 1954 in Long Beach, California, USA as Michael Richard Gabriel. He is known for his work on The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Pocahontas (1995) and Lorenzo (2004). He is married to Tammy Rae Norman. They have three children.
1995 Pocahontas (1 out of 2 directors) 1990 The Rescuers Down Under (1 out of 2 directors)
32. Francis Glebas
Art_department | Aladdin
Francis Glebas was born on April 12, 1952. He is known for his work on Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Hercules (1997), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Pocahontas (1995) and Piglet's Big Movie (2003). He also worked on The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). He is married to Carolyn Schaefer. ...
33. Nathan Greno
Actor | Tangled
Nathan Greno was born in Kenosha, Wisc., on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, he developed a love for drawing, which quickly evolved into a passion for visual storytelling. Influenced by comic books and newspaper comic strips, he started filling tablets of paper full of sketches...
2010 Tangled (1 out of 2 directors)
34. Eric Goldberg
Animation_department | Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Eric Goldberg was born on May 1, 1955 in Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA as Eric A. Goldberg. He is known for his work on Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), Fantasia 2000 (1999) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). He has been married to Susan Goldberg since August 7, 1982. They have two children.
1999 Fantasia/2000 (segments "Rhapsody in Blue", "The Carnival of the Animals") 1995 Pocahontas (1 out of 2 directors)
35. Michel Gondry
Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...
2013 Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky
40. Mamoru Hosoda
Director | Toki o kakeru shôjo
Mamoru Hosoda is a Japanese film director and animator. Formerly employed at Toei Animation, he went to work at Madhouse from 2005 to 2011. Hosoda left Madhouse in 2011 to establish his own animation studio, Studio Chizu. He first came to public attention in the early 2000s with the first two films...
43. Wilfred Jackson
Director | Cinderella
Wilfred Jackson was born on January 24, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Wilfred Emmons Jackson. He is known for his work on Cinderella (1950), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Peter Pan (1953). He died on August 7, 1988 in Balboa Island, Newport Beach, California, USA.
44. Mike Johnson
Director | Corpse Bride
Mike Johnson hails from Austin, Texas where he spent a large part of his childhood bending and breaking plastic dinosaurs in a futile attempt to re-create scenes from his favorite Ray Harryhausen films.
Many years later, Johnson graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in Film/Animation/Video ...
Producer | Shrek
Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on December 21, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) and The Prince of Egypt (1998). He has been married to Marilyn Katzenberg since 1975. They have two children.
49. Satoshi Kon
Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...
50. John Lasseter
Writer | Toy Story 2
Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles. His parents were Jewell Mae (Risley), an art teacher, and Paul Eual Lasseter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and ...
56. Burny Mattinson
Writer | The Great Mouse Detective
Burny Mattinson's helmed the Academy Award-nominated 1983 animated featurette "Mickey's Christmas Carol." In 1986, wrote, produced and directed "The Great Mouse Detective." Mattinson's worked on"Sleeping Beauty," "101 Dalmatians," "The Sword in the Stone," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats" and "...
58. Mike Mitchell
Actor | Shrek Forever After
Mike Mitchell was born in Oklahoma city to parents, Robert Mitchell, and Julia Baker. He graduated from Putnam City North High School, having been deeply involved with their arts programs. He then left behind his small town and moved to Las Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts. ...
59. Gorô Miyazaki
Director | Kokuriko-zaka kara
Graduated from Shinshu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Goro Miyazaki started his career as a construction consultant, and he designed parks or public institutions. Because his father, Hayao Miyazaki, is a world-famous filmmaker, he always had complex feeling towards his father. He decided not ...
60. Hayao Miyazaki
Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...
62. Larry Morey
Writer | Bambi
American lyricist and author Lawrence L. 'Larry' Morey was chiefly noted for co-writing (with the composer and songwriter Frank Churchill) the musical numbers for Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), including "Heigh-Ho", "I'm Wishing" and "Whistle While You Work". He also worked on the...
63. John Musker
Writer | Hercules
John Musker was born on November 8, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as John Edward Musker. He is a writer and director, known for Hercules (1997), Aladdin (1992) and Moana (2016). He has been married to Gale Warren since September 22, 1979. They have three children.
2009 The Princess and the Frog (with Ron Clements) 2002 Treasure Planet (with Ron Clements) 1997 Hercules (with Ron Clements) 1992 Aladdin (with Ron Clements) 1989 The Little Mermaid (with Ron Clements) 1986 The Great Mouse Detective (1 out of 4 directors)
65. Mamoru Oshii
Director | Innocence
Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in ...
68. Bob Peterson
Actor | Up
Bob Peterson was born in Wooster, Ohio, USA, in 1961. He studied mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University, where he took computer graphics courses and graduated in 1983. He continued his studies in mechanical engineering at Purdue University where he earned a master's degree in 1986. ...
71. Lotte Reiniger
Director | Silhouetten
Lotte Reiniger was born on June 2, 1899 in Berlin, Germany as Charlotte Reiniger. She is known for her work on Silhouetten (1936), The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and Here and There (1949). She was married to Carl Koch. She died on June 19, 1981 in Dettenhausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Director | The AristoCats
Wolfgang Reitherman was a German-born American animator who was one of Disney's Nine Old Men.
He began working for Disney in 1933, along with future Disney legends Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl. The three worked together on a number of classic Disney shorts.
Reitherman directed several Disney animated ...
76. Trey Parker
Music_department | South Park
Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...
78. Perce Pearce
Writer | Bambi
Former newspaperman, the son of a physician. He was a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, having already started out as a cartoonist at the age of 16. He later joined the Disney Organisation, where he worked from 1935 to 1953. He was reputedly the model for 'Doc' in "Snow White and ...
81. Carlos Saldanha
Director | Rio
Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Rio (2011), and the co-director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005).
Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to ...
82. Chris Sanders
Writer | Lilo & Stitch
Born and raised in Colorado, Chris Sanders fell in love with animation at the age of ten after seeing Ward Kimball animated shorts on 'The Wonderful World of Disney'. He began drawing, and applied to CalArts after his grandmother told him about the animation program at the school. He majored in ...
85. Henry Selick
Director | Coraline
Henry Selick is a film director, specializing in films with stop-motion animation. He has formal training as an animator.
Selick was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, son of Charles H. Selick and Melanie Molan. He was mostly raised Rumson, New Jersey. As a child, Selick took up drawing as a hobby. He ...
88. Simon J. Smith
Director | Bee Movie
Simon J Smith Personal Bio
Simon J Smith is an award winning writer/director and 30 year computer graphics veteran with over 38 combined years of film, television, and post production experience in telling engaging stories with compelling characters. He is known mostly for his directing feature ...
89. Steven Spielberg
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
91. Andrew Stanton
Writer | WALL·E
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse: The New ...
92. Jan Svankmajer
Director | Otesánek
After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after ...
Producer | Samurai Jack
Genndy Tartakovsky was born and raised in Moscow, USSR. He and his family moved to Chicago, IL when he was 7 years old, after his father defected to the US. His interest in comic books and animation led him to study animation at CalArts in Los Angeles. While he was there he produced two student ...
95. Gary Trousdale
Director | The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Gary Trousdale was born in La Crescenta, California. His fascination with animation was fostered as a child, where he drew cartoons from an elementary school age. He planned to become an architect, but decided instead to study animation at CalArts, where he studied for three years. He was hired in ...
96. Lee Unkrich
Editor | Coco
Lee Unkrich is an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios. He most recently directed Disney.Pixar's critically-acclaimed "Coco", which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.
As the director of Disney.Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Lee was also awarded an ...
97. Gore Verbinski
Director | Rango
Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...
99. Chris Wedge
Actor | Ice Age
John Christian Wedge was born on March 20, 1957 in Binghamton, New York. After graduating from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Wedge went to study at the State University of New York at Purchase, where he received a BFA in film, and soon after that he went on to study at Ohio State University, ...