Who shall the Simpsons' creators pay tribute next?

This season, The Simpsons paid tribute to Oscar nominated director Bill Plympton in one of their opening couch scenes. Last season, they paid tribute to retiring Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki with a hallucinatory scene ode to Spirited Away involving Homer. Recently, they created an opening credit "couch season" in tribute to French animator, Sylvain Chomet. Which of these great animators deserve a loving tribute in a future Simpsons' episode?

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“ French director of ...
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
A Town Called Panic (2009) ” - TsarStepan
Brad Bird
Writer, Ratatouille
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 the propane business...
“ Ratatouille (2007)
The Incredibles (2004)
The Iron Giant (1999) ” - TsarStepan
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...
“ Australian director of...
Mary and Max (2009)
Harvie Krumpet (2003) ” - TsarStepan
“ Dumbo (1941)
Fantasia (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) ” - TsarStepan
“ His animation is filled with simple, earnest, hardworking red blooded Americans. Oh and that show with two dimwitted headbanging slackers. Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993) TV series; "King of the Hill" (1997) TV series; Producer of The Animation Show (2003) ” - TsarStepan
Craig McCracken
Craig McCracken has been interested in drawing and animation since the age of three. Some of his sources of inspiration are Japanese anime, Super Friends, Pee-wee's Playhouse and Little Golden Books. After briefly considering a career as a comic book illustrator, McCracken studied animation at Cal Arts in LA (along with fellow classmate and Dexter's Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky...
“ The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
"Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" (2004) ” - TsarStepan
Satoshi Kon
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 by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ Japanese director of...
Paprika (2006)
"Paranoia Agent" (2004)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Millennium Actress (2001) ” - TsarStepan
“ Oscar winning director of...
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Chicken Run (2000)
A Close Shave (1995)
The Wrong Trousers (1993)
Creature Comforts (1989)
A Grand Day Out (1989) ” - TsarStepan
Trey Parker
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) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double major of music and Japanese...
“ Matt Stone and Trey Parker
South Park (1997) ” - TsarStepan
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. Although the manga was never completed...
“ Steamboy (2004)
Metropolis (2001)
Akira (1988) ” - TsarStepan
Mamoru Oshii
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 the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)...
“ Ghost in the Shell (1995);
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999);
"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" (2002) ” - TsarStepan
“ Award winning graphic memoirist turned oscar nominated film director. Persepolis (2007) ” - TsarStepan
“ He is known for his work in claymation. Directed Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas, and James and the Giant Peach. ” - TsarStepan
Makoto Shinkai
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 released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome...
“ He is a genius for creating works of animated science fiction where the science fiction is merely a backdrop and his most human of characters struggle with loss, long distance romance, and everyday life. Plus his animation is brilliant in its natural beauty.

5 Centimeters Per Second (2007); The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004); Voices of a Distant Star (2003) ” - TsarStepan
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...
“ Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

WALL·E (2008)
Finding Nemo (2003)
A Bug's Life (1998) ” - TsarStepan
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 becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague's Lanterna Magika Theatre...
“ Czech animator whose surreal stop-action animated features and shorts into shocked fits of gasps and wide eye wonderment. Greedy Guts (2000) ; Lesson Faust (1994); Meat Love (1989); Alice (1988) ” - TsarStepan
“ His work touches on the silliness and everyday life of families. His animated antiwar film, Grave of the Fireflies, is one of the most moving and devastating films to watch in the history of the medium.

My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999); Pom Poko (1994); Only Yesterday (1991); Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ” - TsarStepan
Genndy Tartakovsky
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 films...
“ "Star Wars: Clone Wars" (2003)
"The Powerpuff Girls" (1998)
"The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" (2001)
"Samurai Jack" (2001)
"Dexter's Laboratory" (1996) ” - TsarStepan
“ He's is known for edgy, kinetic action based TV series with a biting sense of humor and some of the best TV scoring/soundtrack in the medium.

"Samurai Champloo" (2004) TV series; "Cowboy Bebop" (1998)
; "Escaflowne" (1996) TV series; etc.... ” - TsarStepan