Animation Auteurs

by StarbuckJohnson | created - 25 Nov 2014 | updated - 25 Nov 2014 | Public

1. Michel Ocelot

Director | Princes et princesses

Michel Ocelot was born on October 27, 1943 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Riviera, France. He is a writer and director, known for Princes and Princesses (2000), We Are the Star (1989) and Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (2005).

2. René Laloux

Writer | La planète sauvage

René Laloux was born on July 13, 1929 in Paris, France. He was a writer and director, known for Fantastic Planet (1973), Time Masters (1982) and Les escargots (1966). He died on March 14, 2004 in Angoulême, Charente, France.

4. 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 ...

5. Rein Raamat

Director | Põrgu

Rein Raamat was born on March 20, 1931 in Türi, Estonia. He is a director and production designer, known for Põrgu (1983), Lend (1973) and Põld (1978).

6. Jean-François Laguionie

Director | Louise en hiver

Jean-François Laguionie was born on October 4, 1939 in Besançon, Doubs, France. He is a director and writer, known for Louise by the Shore (2016), Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985) and Rowing Across the Atlantic (1978).

7. Ralph Bakshi

Director | Wizards

Ralph Bakshi worked his way up from Brooklyn and became an animation legend. He was born on October 29, 1938, in Haifa, Israel, the son of Mina (Zlotin) and Eliezar Bakshi, and is of Krymchak Jewish descent. He was raised in Brownsville, after his family came to New York to escape World War II. ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

12. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

13. Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Animation_department | Jûbê ninpûchô

Graduated from Yokohama High School in 1968. After a few years working as animator at Mushi Production Animation, the company went bankrupt in 1972 and he joined Madhouse Studio. In the 70s he was promoted to animation director and finally debuted as film director in 1984's "SF New Century Lensman"...

14. Osamu Tezuka

Writer | Tenrankai no e

Remembered by many in Japan as the "god" of manga, no one has ever influenced the realm of anime and manga as has Osamu Tezuka, the man who pioneered the famous anime "puppy dog eyes". Born on November 3, 1928, in Toyonaka, Osaka, he initially set out to become a medical doctor. He received his M.D...

15. Mamoru Oshii

Director | Inosensu: 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 ...

16. Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writer | Akira

Katsuhiro Ôtomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation.

In 1979, after writing multiple short-stories for the magazine Action, Otomo created his first science-fiction work, titled Fireball. ...

17. Bill Plympton

Director | Idiots and Angels

Bill Plympton was born on April 30, 1946 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is known for his work on Idiots and Angels (2008), Cheatin' (2013) and I Married a Strange Person! (1997).

18. 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).

20. Wladyslaw Starewicz

Director | Chetyre chyorta

Although his name nowadays means very little except to animation buffs (and even they have to be pretty well informed), Wladyslaw Starewicz ranks alongside Walt Disney, as one of the great animation pioneers, and his career started nearly a decade before Disney's. He became an animator by accident ...

22. Makoto Shinkai

Writer | Kimi no na wa.

Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.

Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai ...

23. Masaaki Yuasa

Director | Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta

He cites various animated works as an influence: the works of animators Tex Avery and Irene Starewicz, the Japanese animated features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1971) and Hakkenden shin sho (1993), the adventure series Lupin the 3rd (1971), the psychedelic sci-fantasy films Yellow Submarine (...

24. Kenzô Masaoka

Director | Kai no kyuden

Kenzô Masaoka was born on October 5, 1898 in Osaka, Japan. He is known for his work on Kai no kyuden (1927), The Spider and the Tulip (1943) and Bakahachi to jôshu-sama (1931). He died in 1988 in Suita, Osaka.

25. Noburô Ôfuji

Director | Jidô shôka eiga: Muramatsuri

Noburô Ôfuji (June 1, 1900 - July 28, 1961) was a Japanese film director and animator. One of the most notable auteurs of anime of the first half of the 20th century (one of the industry's most prestigious awards, the Mainichi Film Awards' Ôfuji Noburô Award, is named after him), he worked ...

27. Rintaro

Director | Metoroporisu

Rintaro was born on January 22, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan as Shigeyuki Hayashi. He is known for his work on Metropolis (2001), Ninja Scroll (1993) and Neo Tokyo (1987).

28. Koji Yamamura

Director | Satie's Parade

Koji Yamamura is a director and producer, known for Satie's Parade (2016), Mount Head (2002) and The Old Crocodile (2005).

29. Max Fleischer

Producer | The Tantalizing Fly

Max Fleischer was born on July 19, 1883 in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on The Tantalizing Fly (1919), Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936) and The Ouija Board (1920). He was married to Essie Goldstein. He died on September 11, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...

30. Ub Iwerks

Visual_effects | The Birds

Ub Iwerks worked as a commercial artist in Kansas City in 1919 when he met Walt Disney who was in the same profession. When Disney decided to form an animation company, Ub Iwerks was the first employee he had due to his skill at fast drawing as well as being a personal friend.

When Charles Mintz ...

31. Bruce Bickford

Director | Bruce Bickford's CAS'L'

Bruce Bickford was born on February 11, 1947 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is known for his work on Bruce Bickford's CAS'L' (2015), Cas'l (2010) and The Comic That Frenches Your Mind (2008). He died on April 28, 2019 in Washington.

33. Pendleton Ward

Writer | Adventure Time with Finn & Jake

Born in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, Ward, the youngest of 3 brothers, was raised by his mother Bettie Ward, an artist and daughter of a Texas oil rancher. He never met his father. He would often draw flipbooks Andy comic books with his friend Alex "the Logdog" Coates.

Ward attended CalArts, where he...



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