Laputa's 100 Best Japanese and World Animation Directors

by skobic | created - 05 Jun 2012 | updated - 06 Jun 2012 | Public


1. Yuri Norstein

Animation_department | Skazka skazok

Born to Jewish parents and raised in a Moscow suburb, Yuri Norstein 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. Walt Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...

4. 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.

5. Frédéric Back

Art_department | L'homme qui plantait des arbres

Frédéric Back was born on April 8, 1924 in Saarbrücken, Germany. He is known for his work on The Man Who Planted Trees (1987), Crac (1980) and The Mighty River (1993). He was married to Ghylaine Paquin. He died on December 24, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

6. Jirí Trnka

Director | Bajaja

A graduate of Prague's School of Arts and Crafts, in 1936 he created a puppet theater, which was disbanded after the outbreak of WWII. During the war he designed stage sets and illustrated children's books. In 1945 he set up an animation unit with several collaborators at the Prague film studio; ...

7. 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, ...

8. Dave Fleischer

Director | Mr. Bug Goes to Town

Dave Fleischer was born on July 14, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA as David Fleischer. He is known for his work on Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), In the Good Old Summer Time (1926) and Dancing on the Moon (1935). He was married to Mae Schwartz and Ida Mae Sharnow. He died on June 25, 1979 in ...

10. Norman McLaren

Producer | Neighbours

Norman McClaren is one of the most awarded filmmakers in the history of Canadian cinema, and a pioneer in both animation and filmmaking. Born in Scotland, he entered the Glasgow School of Fine Arts in 1932 to study set design. His early experiments in animation included actually scratching and ...

11. Nick Park

Writer | The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Nick Park was born on December 6, 1958 in Preston, Lancashire, England as Nicholas Wulstan Park. He is a writer and producer, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Chicken Run (2000) and A Grand Day Out (1989).

12. 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 ...

13. Paul Grimault

Director | La bergère et le ramoneur

Paul Grimault was born on March 23, 1905 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Paul Victor Grimault. He was a director and writer, known for The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1952), The King and the Mockingbird (1980) and The Little Soldier (1948). He died on March 29, 1994 in Le ...

15. Osamu Tezuka

Writer | Tenrankai no e

Tezuka wrote/animated the Japanese TV Series "Jangaru Taitei" that was turned into a USA syndicated series in the 60s called "Kimba The White Lion". This story was then plagiarized by The Disney Company in 1994 and became "The Lion King", the most profitable film of all time, and Tezuka has never ...

16. George Dunning

Director | Yellow Submarine

George Dunning was born on November 17, 1920 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a producer and director, known for Yellow Submarine (1968), The Flying Man (1962) and Family Tree (1950). He died on February 15, 1979 in London, England.

17. Osamu Dezaki

Director | Hakugei densetsu

Osamu Dezaki was born on November 18, 1943 in Tokyo, Japan. He is known for his work on Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick (1997), Tomorrow's Joe 2 (1981) and Space Cobra (1982). He died on April 17, 2011 in Mitaka, Tokyo.

18. Yûgo Serikawa

Director | Saibôgu 009

After working as an assistant director in live-action films in Shin-Toho Film Company, he joined Toei Doga Company in 1961. Although his credited first film as co-director was "Anju And Zushiomaru", he only took on the role of assistant director in this film, which was actually entirely directed by...

19. Alexander Alexeieff

Director | Le nez

Alexander Alexeieff was born on August 1, 1901 in Kazan, Russian Empire. He was a director and actor, known for Le nez (1963), The Trial (1962) and Les oranges de Jaffa (1938). He was married to Claire Parker. He died on August 9, 1982 in Paris, France.

20. 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 ...

21. Tex Avery

Director | A Wild Hare

Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the ...

22. 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 ...

23. 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 The Dance of the Chagamas (1935). He died in 1988 in Suita, Osaka.

24. Stephen Quay

Director | The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes

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 ...

25. Timothy Quay

Director | The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes

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 ...

26. Lev Atamanov

Director | Snezhnaya koroleva

Lev Atamanov is Soviet Russian animated film director. People's Artist of the Russian Federation (1978). Atamanov was born in 1905 in Moscow, in Armenian family. In 1926 he graduated from the First State Film School (workshop of Lev Kuleshov) with a film director diploma. From 1928 he worked as an ...

27. Aleksandr Petrov

Director | Rusalka

He studied art at VGIK (state institute of cinema and TV). He was a disciple of Yuri Norstein 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 (1999), resulting in a 20-minute animated ...

28. 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 ...

29. Caroline Leaf

Director | The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa

Caroline Leaf was born in 1946 in Seattle, Washington, USA. She is known for her work on The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa (1978), Two Sisters (1991) and The Street (1976).

30. Koji Yamamura

Director | Atama-yama

Koji Yamamura is a director and producer, known for Mount Head (2002), The Old Crocodile (2005) and Muybridge's Strings (2011).

31. 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.

32. Karel Zeman

Writer | Baron Prásil

Karel Zeman was born on November 3, 1910 in Ostromer u Nové Paky, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer and director, known for The Outrageous Baron Munchausen (1962), Bláznova kronika (1964) and The Deadly Invention (1958). He died on April 5, 1989 in Prague, Czech Republic.

33. Taiji Yabushita

Director | Hakuja den

Along with Kenzô Masaoka and Sanae Yamamoto, Yabushita (at the beginning of his career credited as "Yasushi Yabushita") was a pioneer of Japanese animation. After World War II, he changed his work from animator and inbetweener to producer and director. In 1949, he co-directed his most famous short ...

34. Roman Kachanov

Director | Stories from My Childhood

Roman Kachanov was born on February 25, 1921 in Smolensk, Smolensk uyezd, Smolensk Governorate, RSFSR as Roman Abelevich Kachanov. He was a director and writer, known for Stories from My Childhood (1998), The Mystery of the Third Planet (1981) and Starik i zhuravl (1958). He died on March 4, 1993 ...

35. Yoshiyuki Tomino

Writer | Kidô senshi Z Gandamu: Hoshi o tsugu mono

Yoshiyuki Tomino was born on November 5, 1941 in Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan. He is a writer and director, known for Mobile Suit Z Gundam: A New Translation - Heirs to the Stars (2004), Mobile Suit Z Gundam 2: A New Translation - Lovers (2005) and Gundam Reconguista in G (2014).

36. Michael Dudok de Wit

Writer | La tortue rouge

Michael Dudok de Wit was born on July 15, 1953 in Abcoude, Utrecht, Netherlands. He is known for his work on The Red Turtle (2016), The Monk and the Fish (1994) and Father and Daughter (2000).

37. 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. ...

38. William Hanna

Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials

William Hanna was born on July 14, 1910 in Melrose, New Mexico, USA as William Denby Hanna. He was a producer and director, known for ABC Afterschool Specials (1972), The Flintstones (1994) and Scooby-Doo (2002). He was married to Violet Blanch Wogatzke. He died on March 22, 2001 in North Hollywood...

39. Joseph Barbera

Producer | ABC Afterschool Specials

Joseph Barbera was born on March 24, 1911 in Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Roland Barbera. He was a producer and director, known for ABC Afterschool Specials (1972), Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). He was married to Sheila Holden and ...

40. Co Hoedeman

Director | Le jardin d'Écos

Co Hoedeman was born on August 1, 1940 in Netherlands. He is a director and writer, known for Le jardin d'Écos (1997), Continental Drift (1968) and The Blue Marble (2014).

41. Wladyslaw Starewicz

Director | Zhitel nyeobitayemovo ostrova

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 ...

42. Yoji Kuri

Animation_department | Love

Yoji Kuri was born on April 9, 1928 in Fukui, Japan. He is known for his work on Love (1964), Au Fou! (1967) and Two Pikes (1960).

43. 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...

44. Chuck Jones

Actor | Gremlins

Starting as a cel washer, Chuck Jones worked his way up to animator and then director at the animation division of Warner Bros. He is famous for creating such beloved cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Henery Hawk, Pepé Le Pew, Marvin the Martian, Ralph Wolf, Road Runner, Sam Sheepdog, Sniffles,...

46. Raoul Servais

Director | Taxandria

Raoul Servais was born on May 1, 1928 in Oostende, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Taxandria (1994), Nocturnal Butterflies (1997) and Operation X-70 (1971).

47. Eduard Nazarov

Writer | Zhil-byl pyos

Eduard Nazarov was born on November 23, 1941 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Eduard Vasilevich Nazarov. He is known for his work on Once Upon a Time there Lived a Dog (1982), Travels of an Ant (1983) and Gora samotsvetov (2005). He died on September 11, 2016 in Moscow, Russia.

48. Paul Driessen

Animation_department | The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg

Paul Driessen was born in 1940 in Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands. He is known for his work on The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg (2000), 3 Misses (1998) and The End of the World in Four Seasons (1995).

49. Bretislav Pojar

Director | To See or Not to See

Bretislav Pojar was born on October 7, 1923 in Susice, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and writer, known for To See or Not to See (1969), The Lion and the Song (1959) and 'E' (1981). He died on October 12, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.

50. Fyodor Khitruk

Director | Ostrov

Fyodor Khitruk is Soviet and Russian animator, director, screenwriter, teacher, translator. People's Artist of the USSR (1987). Fyodor was born in 1917 in Tver, in 1924 the family moved to Moscow and in 1931 to Stuttgart, Germany where the future animator was engaged in an art and craft school. In ...

51. Hideaki Anno

Director | Shin Gojira

Hideaki Anno was born on May 22, 1960 in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan. He is known for his work on Shin Godzilla (2016), The Wind Rises (2013) and Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007). He has been married to Moyoco Anno since March 26, 2002.

54. Gisaburô Sugii

Director | Arashi no yoru ni

He was born in Numazu City. Between 1958 and 1961 joined Toei Doga as animator. Here he became a close friend of reputed animation director Osamu Tezuka, and when Tezuka left the company to create his own, Mushi Production, he called Sugii to work with him. So Sugii joined Mushi until 1967. Here ...

56. Ryan Larkin

Animation_department | En marchant

As a teenager, Ryan Larkin studied at the Art School of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Arthur Lismer, and clearly showed sharp talent for character and figure drawing. In the early 1960s, he was hired by the National Film Board of Canada, and was immediately recognized by ...

57. 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 ...

58. Priit Pärn

Writer | Elu ilma Gabriella Ferrita

Priit Pärn was born on August 26, 1946 in Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR. He is a writer and director, known for Life Without Gabriella Ferri (2008), Breakfast on the Grass (1987) and 1895 (1995).

59. Ishu Patel

Animation_department | Paradise

Ishu Patel is an acclaimed Indian animation film director, producer and educator who has devoted his life to animation and photography.

Born in Gujarat (india), Patel graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Baroda, completed his graduate studies in Visual Communication at the ...

60. 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.

61. 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 ...

62. Winsor McCay

Writer | Gertie the Dinosaur

Like many pioneers, the work of 'Winsor McCay' has been largely superseded by successors such as Walt Disney and Max Fleischer but he more than earns a place in film history for being the American cinema's first great cartoon animator. He started out as a newspaper cartoonist, achieving a national ...

63. Wendy Tilby

Animation_department | When the Day Breaks

Wendy Tilby was born in 1960 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is known for her work on When the Day Breaks (1999), Strings (1991) and Tables of Content (1986).

64. Amanda Forbis

Animation_department | When the Day Breaks

Amanda Forbis is known for her work on When the Day Breaks (1999), Wild Life (2011) and United Airlines: The Meeting (2006).

66. Eiichi Yamamoto

Director | Kanashimi no beradonna

Graduated in the Kyôto Prefecture. After several years working as animator in Ryûichi Yokoyama's animation Studio Otogi, Yamamoto joined Osamu Tezuka to found Mushi Production in 1961 and since until 1973 worked as producer, supervising director or director of a dozen of animation productions from ...

67. Bruno Bozzetto

Director | Allegro non troppo

Bruno Bozzetto was born on March 3, 1938 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for Allegro non troppo (1976), La cabina (1973) and Pickles (1971).

68. 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).

69. Hiroyuki Okiura

Animation_department | Innocence

Okiura left high school at the age of 16 and entered the animation industry as a member of the studio Anime R, where he studied under Moriyasu Taniguchi and which Taniguchi superintends.He is known for his detailed effects animation in, for example, the chopper attack scene in Patlabor 2: The Movie...

70. Oskar Fischinger

Cinematographer | Frau im Mond

Although the Guggenheim Foundation specifically requested a cel animation film, Fischinger made his Bach film Motion Painting No. 1 (1947) as a documentation of the act of painting, taking a single frame each time he made a brush stroke-and the multi-layered style merely parallels the structure of ...

72. Richard Williams

Animation_department | Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Richard Williams was born on March 19, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Richard Edmund Williams. He is known for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), A Lecture on Man (1962) and The Thief and the Cobbler (1993). He is married to Imogen Sutton. He was previously married to Margaret French ...

73. Michael Lah

Animation_department | Journey Back to Oz

74. Hiroyuki Yamaga

Producer | Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni

Hiroyuki Yamaga was born on March 23, 1962 in Niigata, Japan. He is a writer and producer, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Aoki uru and Mahoromatic (2001).

76. Ivan Ivanov-Vano

Director | Secha pri Kerzhentse

Ivan Ivanov-Vano was born on January 27, 1900 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Ivan Petrovich Ivanov-Vano. He was a director and writer, known for The Battle of Kerzhenets (1971), Snegurochka (1952) and The Humpbacked Horse (1975). He died on March 25, 1987 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR.

77. Dusan Vukotic

Director | Gosti iz galaksije

First animator from former Yugoslavia (Montenegrin from Bosnia and Herzegovina, living and working in Croatia) to win an Oscar (and also the first foreigner to do so). One of the best animators of Zagreb Film (Croatian film-producing company from Zagreb, founded in 1953) animation style, better ...

78. Suzan Pitt

Director | Asparagus

Suzan Pitt is a director, known for Asparagus (1979), Visitation (2013) and El doctor (2006).

81. Leiji Matsumoto

Writer | Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years

Leiji Matsumoto was born on January 25, 1938 in Fukuoka, Japan as Akira Matsumoto. He is a writer and director, known for Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years (1985), Uchû senkan Yamato (1974) and Saraba uchû senkan Yamato: Ai no senshitachi (1978). He is married to Miyako ...

82. Noboru Ishiguro

Director | Chôjikû Yôsai Macross: Ai Oboeteimasuka

Noboru Ishiguro was born on August 24, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. He is known for his work on Super Space Fortress Macross (1984), Uchû senkan Yamato (1974) and Space Cruiser Yamato 2 (1978). He died on March 20, 2012 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.

83. Shôji Kawamori

Writer | Macross Zero

Shôji Kawamori was born on February 20, 1960 in Toyama, Japan. He is known for his work on Macross Zero (2002), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Super Space Fortress Macross (1984).

84. Gerald Potterton

Director | Heavy Metal

Gerald Potterton was born on March 8, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Heavy Metal (1981), The Railrodder (1965) and Christmas Cracker (1963).

85. Will Vinton

Producer | Claymation Easter

Will Vinton was born on November 17, 1947 in McMinnville, Oregon, USA as William Gale Vinton. He was a producer and director, known for Claymation Easter (1992), Martin the Cobbler (1977) and Moonwalker (1988). He was married to Gillian Allred and Susan Shadburne. He died on October 4, 2018 in ...

86. Keiichi Hara

Director | Kappa no ku to natsu yasumi

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" (...

87. Charles Eames

Director | 'Where Did You Go?' 'Out.' 'What Did You Do?' 'Nothing.'

Charles Eames was born on June 17, 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Charles Ormond Eames Jr. He was a director and writer, known for 'Where Did You Go?' 'Out.' 'What Did You Do?' 'Nothing.' (1960), The Lick Observatory (1968) and Diatoms (1969). He was married to Ray Eames and Catherine Woermann...

88. Ray Eames

Director | 'Where Did You Go?' 'Out.' 'What Did You Do?' 'Nothing.'

Ray Eames was born on December 15, 1912 in Sacramento, California, USA as Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser. She was a director and producer, known for 'Where Did You Go?' 'Out.' 'What Did You Do?' 'Nothing.' (1960), Decorator Crab (1969) and The Lick Observatory (1968). She was married to Charles Eames...

89. Takashi Ito

Director | Zone

He is associate professor at Kyoto University of Art & Design.

90. Jonas Odell

Director | Tussilago

Jonas Odell specializes in making films mixing live action and various mixed media animation techniques. He has also scripted, co-scripted and written the music to a number of productions. In some of his more recent short films he has explored a mix of documentary, staged and animated elements.


91. Richard Condie

Director | The Big Snit

Richard Condie was born in 1942 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a director and actor, known for The Big Snit (1985), La Salla (1996) and The Cat Came Back (1988).

92. Giulio Gianini

Cinematographer | Pulcinella

93. Emanuele Luzzati

Director | Pulcinella

Emanuele Luzzati was born on June 3, 1921 in Genoa, Italy. He is known for his work on Pulcinella (1973), La gazza ladra (1964) and Il viaggio di Marco Polo (1972). He died on January 26, 2007 in Genoa.

94. John Hubley

Director | A Doonesbury Special

John Hubley was born on May 21, 1914 in Marinette, Wisconsin, USA. He is known for his work on A Doonesbury Special (1977), Of Stars and Men (1962) and A Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966). He was married to Faith Hubley and Claudia Ross. He died on February 21, 1977 in New ...

95. Ray Harryhausen

Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans

When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.


96. Jean-François Laguionie

Director | Gwen, le livre de sable

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

97. Faith Hubley

Animation_department | Yes We Can

Faith Hubley (née Faith Elliott) was born in 1924 in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. She left home without completing high school to go to Hollywood to pursue a career in filmmaking. She began as a messenger at Columbia Studios, but eventually worked as a sound-effects and music editor. ...

98. Zbigniew Rybczynski

Director | The Orchestra

Zbigniew Rybczynski (Rib-chin-ski) was born on January 27, 1949, in Lodz, Poland, but was raised in Warsaw, where he attended an arts high school and was trained as a painter. He went on to study cinematography at the world-renowned Lodz Film School, where he began experimenting with the film ...

99. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...

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