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Keiichi Hara
Director, Esupâ Mami
Born in Tatebayashi city. After working in a PR firm, joined Shin'Ei Animation Company in 1982. After doing animation tasks for the TV series "Doraemon" (created by Fujiko-Fujio), he was promoted to chief director with others TV series of the same creators, "ESPer Mami" (1987-88) and "21-Emon" (1991-92)...
 
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William Joyce
Producer, Epic
Lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with his wife and children. Studied film at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Writes children's books.
 
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John Lasseter
Writer, Toy Story
Although born in Hollywood John and his twin sister, Johanna were raised in Wittier near Los Angeles,. His parents were Paul Eual Lassiter, a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership and Jewel Mae, an art teacher. His mother's profession contributed to his interest in animation and particularly the Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck cartoons which he would watch on television...
 
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Bud Luckey
Animation Department, Toy Story
 
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Kyle Miller
Animation Department, I Declare War
 
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Natalia Mirzoyan
Animation Department, Chinti
 
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Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
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 films...
 
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Aleksandr Petrov
He studied art at VGIK (state institute of cinema and TV). He was a disciple of Yuriy Norshteyn at the Advanced School for screenwriters and directors (Moscow). After making his first films in Russia, in Canada he adapted the novel The Old Man and the Sea, resulting in a 20-minute animated short - the first large-format animated film ever made...
 
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Eric Prah
Animation Department, Epic
 
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Barry Purves
Animation Department, Achilles
 
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Carlos Saldanha
Director, Ice Age
Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Rio, and the co-director of Ice Age and Robots. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation...
 
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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 Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
 
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Doug Sweetland
Animation Department, Finding Nemo
Douglas Sweetland is an American animator/director, he grew up watching Disney films and classic Saturday morning cartoons. As a child, Doug drew cartoons for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for several years. After graduating high school in 1992, Doug opted to attend California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and pursue his lifelong love and passion for animation...
 
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Wendy Tilby
Animation Department, When the Day Breaks
 
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Amanda Forbis
Animation Department, When the Day Breaks
 
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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, earning him a MA in computer graphics and art education...
 
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Minkyu Lee
Art Department, Frozen
 
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Yuriy Norshteyn
Animation Department, Skazka skazok
Born to Jewish parents and raised in a Moscow suburb, Yuriy Norshteyn painted as a hobby and trained as a carpenter before studying animation. He directed his first film in 1968 and made a series of short films notable for their attention to atmosphere and fine detail, using a multiplane camera to create the illusion of three-dimensional depth...
 
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Stephen Quay
The identical twin Brothers Quay (the other being Timothy) were born near Philadelphia in a town with a large European immigrant population, which fuelled their interest in European (especially Eastern European) culture. They moved to London in the late 1960s to study at the Royal College of Art where they made their first short films (now lost)...
 
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Timothy Quay
The identical twin Brothers Quay (the other being Stephen) were born near Philadelphia in a town with a large European immigrant population, which fuelled their interest in European (especially Eastern European) culture. They moved to London in the late 1960s to study at the Royal College of Art where they made their first short films (now lost)...
 
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Don Hertzfeldt
Animation Department, World of Tomorrow
 
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Adam Elliot
Director, Mary and Max
Grew up on a shrimp farm in southern Australia together with two brothers, one sister and two parrots. He discerned his artistic abilities at an early age and spent five years studying photography, painting, pottery etc. In 1996 he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where Uncle...
 
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