Richard Williams (I) (1933–2019)

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The son of commercial artists, Richard Williams studied at the Ontario College of Art and first worked in animation for Disney Studios in Burbank. His tenure there had a strong influence on his later work but proved somewhat stifling to his own creative flair. In 1955, aged 22, Williams moved to England and joined fellow Canadian George Dunning's ... See full bio »


(age 86) in Bristol, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Who Framed Roger Rabbit Animation Department
A Lecture on Man Director
The Thief and the Cobbler Animation Department
Ziggy's Gift Director


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 2015 Prologue (Short) (animator)
 2010 Circus Drawings (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 2008 The Animator's Survival Kit Animated (Video documentary) (animator)
 2001 Shrek (assistant animator - uncredited)
 2000 The Road to El Dorado (animator - uncredited)
 1999 Tarzan (animator - uncredited)
 1997 Hercules (character animator - uncredited)
 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler (lead animator)
 1993 Once Upon a Forest (animator - uncredited)
 1991 Rock-A-Doodle (animator - uncredited)
 1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven (animator - uncredited)
 1988 The Land Before Time (animator - uncredited)
 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit (animation director)
 1986 An American Tail (animator - uncredited)
 1977 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (animator - uncredited)
 1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (lead animator)
 1975 The Return of the Pink Panther (lead animator - uncredited)
 1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade (animation)
 1968 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (graphic effects)
 1968 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (title designer)
 1967 Casino Royale (animator: titles - uncredited)
 1962 Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (Short) (animator)
 1961 Switchin' Kitten (Short) (animation layout artist: Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Ltd. - uncredited)
 1958 The Wardrobe (Short) (animator)
 1958 The Little Island (Short) (animator)
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Other Works:

(book) The Animator's Survival Kit - London/NYC: Faber and Faber, 2001. ISBN 0571202284 See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »


Margaret French  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

When in doubt, draw the client... or the client's wife... or girlfriend... or boyfriend. See more »


Both of his parents were illustrators. His mother Kathleen "Kay" Bell (19th May 1909-1998) remarried and he was adopted by his stepfather Kenneth D C Williams (1910-2003). See more »


The use of 3-D perspective movement in animation. i.e. the crane-down shot in A Christmas Carol, the staircase chase in Raggedy Ann & Andy, most of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler

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