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Richard Williams

Richard Williams is a three-time Academy Award-winning animator best known for the feature films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler, which was never completed. He is the author of The Animator's Survival Kit, a book considered the definitive text on how to animate, as well as the 16-DVD instructional course, The Animator's Survival Kit- Animated.

Full name: Richard Edmund Williams

Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 19 March 1933; emigrated to the United Kingdom, 1955; son of Kenneth D. C. and Kathleen (Bell) Williams.

Death: August 16, 2019 (aged 86) Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Career: Worked for Disney and United Productions of America (UPA) in early 1950s; 1955—moved to England: first animated film, The Little Island, 1958; his own studio produced animated films, commercials, and special effects and titles for live-action films; 1992—forced to close studio during production of The Thief and the Cobbler.

Awards: Academy Award, for A Christmas Carol, 1971; Special Achievement Award and Visual Effects Academy Award, and two British Academy Awards, for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988.

DeathEdit

Williams was one of a number of successful people in the entertainment industry to come from Northern Secondary School in Toronto. Toward the end of his life, he lived in Bristol with his fourth wife, Imogen Sutton. He had four children from two of his three previous marriages, including animator Alexander Williams and painter Holly Williams-Brock.

He died on August 16, 2019, at his home in Bristol, England.[8]

Films as AnimatorEdit

1958
The Little Island; The Story of the Motorcar Engine
1961
A Lecture on Man
1962
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
1964
Circus Drawings (completed 2010)
1965
Diary of a Madman (not completed); The Dermis Probe; What's New Pussycat? (Donner) (animated sequences)
1966
Pubs and Beaches; The Liquidator (Cardiff) (animated sequences); The Spy with a Cold Nose (Petrie) (animated sequences); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Lester) (animated sequences)
1967
Casino Royale (Huston and others) (animated sequences); I Vor Pittfalks, the Universal Confidence Man (not completed); The Sailor and the Devil
1968
Prudence and the Pill (Cook) (animated sequences); The Charge of the Light Brigade (Richardson) (animated sequences)
1969
Don't Drink the Water (Morris) (animated sequences)
1970
Every Home Should Have One (Dir. Jim Clark) (animated Sequences)
1971
A Christmas Carol
1975
The Return of the Pink Panther (title animation)
1977
Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure
1982
Ziggy's Gift
1988
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Zemeckis) (+ ro as voice of Droopy)
1960s - 1992
The Thief and the Cobbler (unfinished)
2008
The Animator's Survival Kit- Animated (16-DVD instructional set)
2010
Circus Drawings (Based on a project from 1964 and earlier)
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