Finest Cartoonists

by nyangorilla70258 | created - 12 Jul 2017 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

IMO the best that animation has to offer.

One of my personal favorites, Seth MacFarlane, a major creative in the earlier works of Cartoon Network Studios, I list him not due to, in most of his work, controversial humor and subjects, particularly the corrupt depictions of Christianity/The Image of God and the related figures, truths, values and so on thereof. Nothing personal, Seth ;)

1. Genndy Tartakovsky

Producer | Samurai Jack

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 ...

The creator for the greatest show and fictional hero ever, Samurai Jack.

2. Craig McCracken

Writer | Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

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 (1973), Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) and Little Golden Books. After briefly considering a career as a comic book illustrator, McCracken studied ...

One of my favorite women, Ms. Keane, and the wackiest way to learn life lessons--not short of heart--comes from this genius.

3. Daron Nefcy

Writer | Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Daron Nefcy was born on November 26, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Daron Leah Nefcy. She is a writer and producer, known for Star vs. the Forces of Evil (2015), Holiday Road (2012) and The Terror From Mars (2009).

Creator of my most favorite woman, Star Butterfly, who can fall into deep lovesick trances like a cartoon character should, and also put her life above so many others (like in "Battle for Mewni"/"Toffee")... pulling a Charlie Barkin on us (if you know the reference)--and then it seems as though God rewards her for her brave heart while she's stuck in purgatory where no soul is, was, or ever shall be... Maybe I said too much, but it's worth it!

4. Don Bluth

Director | Anastasia

Don Bluth was one of the chief animators at Disney to come to the mantle after the great one's death. He eventually became the animation director for such films as The Rescuers (1977) and Pete's Dragon (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of animation that Disney was producing at this point was not ...

One of Disney's finest animators who came to create beautiful, detailed and even scary artwork like no other.

5. John Kricfalusi

Animation_department | The Ren & Stimpy Show

Canadian-born cartoon cartoonist Kricfalusi began his career by working on low end Saturday morning cartoons like The Jetsons (1962) revival and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972). In 1987, Kricfalusi's mentor, Ralph Bakshi, "saved" him by hiring him as supervising director on his show Mighty ...

The revoultion of fine TV animation came through this wonderfully wacky creative.

6. Maxwell Atoms

Writer | Grim & Evil

Maxwell Atoms was born on January 21, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Adam Maxwell Burton. He is a writer and producer, known for The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001), Evil Con Carne (2003) and Fish Hooks (2010).

One of the wackiest cartoonists who can turn something macabre into a comedy fest.

7. 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 The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Violet Blanch Wogatzke. He died on March 22, 2001 in North Hollywood...

A pioneer in cartooning.

8. David Kirschner

Producer | An American Tail

David Kirschner Productions maintains an eclectic slate of projects, focusing primarily on family and genre films. Currently in production is the film adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short story, Martian Child, written by sci-fi luminary, David Gerrold (Star Trek's "The Troubles ...

Producer of the finest animated movies ever made--including the stylistic work of Don Bluth.

9. 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 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) and The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Sheila Holden and ...

A pioneer in cartooning.

10. 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,...

A pioneer in cartooning.

11. Tom Ruegger

Producer | Pinky and the Brain

Tom Ruegger is the fourteen-time Emmy-winning producer and creative force behind many of the most popular and successful animated television series of all time, including Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), Animaniacs (1993) and Pinky and the Brain (1995) to name only a few.

Over the last decade, Mr. ...

Also responsible with or without Spielberg for Golden Age-era 20 to 21st-century toons.

12. 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 ...

A pioneer in cartooning.

13. Spike Brandt

Producer | Duck Dodgers

Spike Brandt was born on December 24, 1961 in the USA as Christopher John Brandt. He is known for his work on Duck Dodgers (2003), Cats & Dogs (2001) and Space Jam (1996).

A cartoonist with very spot-on attention to Golden Age-era detail.

14. John Dilworth

Writer | The Dirdy Birdy

John Dilworth was born on February 14, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as John R. Dilworth. He is known for his work on The Dirdy Birdy (1995), Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999) and The Chicken from Outer Space (1996).

Another talented cartoonist who can make us laugh at some of the strangest things in animation.

15. Stephen Hillenburg

Writer | SpongeBob SquarePants

Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nickelodeon's highest-rated cartoons for children and a staple of American television. Stephen was born on August 21st, 1961 in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and ...

Creator, of course, of a cartoon all too important to ignore.

16. Tony Cervone

Producer | Duck Dodgers

Tony is a 25-year animation veteran. He is a leading expert on the Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tune franchises for Warner Brothers Animation.

His first job was in Chicago on Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs as an animator and storyboard artist. He eventually ended up on the Warner...

A cartoonist with very spot-on attention to Golden Age-era detail.

17. David Feiss

Art_department | Cow and Chicken

David Feiss was born on April 16, 1959 in Sacramento, California, USA as David Michael Feiss. He is known for his work on Cow and Chicken (1995), Astro Boy (2009) and Heavy Metal (1981). He has been married to Annmarie Ashkar McCarty since 2009. They have one child. He was previously married to ...

Also one of those crazy cartoonist... who did the wonderful art and animation of All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, which has a more typical animated movie feel--and outdid the effort in animation in Don Bluth's original (though similar)

18. Danny Antonucci

Writer | Ed, Edd n Eddy

Danny Antonucci was born on February 27, 1957. He is known for his work on Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999), Heavy Metal (1981) and Cartoon Sushi (1997).

Also responsible for the coolest team of guys in the cul-de-sac

19. Kyle A. Carrozza

Art_department | Mighty Magiswords

Kyle A. Carrozza was born on May 19, 1979 in the USA as Kyle Adam Carrozza. He is known for his work on Mighty Magiswords (2015), Strega (2019) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). He has been married to Lindsay Smith since 2014.

Newcomer in fine, wacky cartooning

20. Joe Murray

Writer | Rocko's Modern Life

Joe Murray was born on May 3, 1961 in San Jose, California, USA as Joseph David Murray. He is a writer and producer, known for Rocko's Modern Life (1993), Camp Lazlo: Where's Lazlo? (2007) and Camp Lazlo! (2004). He has been married to Aleide since 2011. He was previously married to Diane Murray ...

Another crazy cartoonist who's about to make the best, possibly un-YouTube-Poop-able PBS Kids show to ever exist.

21. Thurop Van Orman

Writer | The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

Thurop Van Orman was born on April 26, 1976 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008), The Little Prince (2015) and Adventure Time (2010).

The best of no-so-great pirates and their crazy adventures

22. C.H. Greenblatt

Writer | Fish Hooks

C.H. Greenblatt was born on June 17, 1972 in Plano, Texas, USA as Carl Harvey Greenblatt. He is a writer and producer, known for Fish Hooks (2010), SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) and Chowder (2007).

Quite a chipper cartoonist!

23. Chris Reccardi

Art_department | The Powerpuff Girls

Chris Reccardi was born on November 24, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher Joseph Reccardi. He is known for his work on The Powerpuff Girls (1998), The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) and Megamind (2010). He was married to Lynne Naylor. He died on May 2, 2019 in Ventura, California, ...

The Late and Great Chris Reccardi was a major creative on ground-breaking shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Spongebob and more.



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