an·​i·​ma·​tor | \ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər \

Definition of animator 

1 : one that animates prime animator of the movement

2 : an artist who is involved in creating animated cartoons

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The event will include live and silent auctions featuring various items, including a week at a home in Palm Desert, original sketches by a Disney animator Andrew Ramos and a stay at a Tuscany Villa. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Glendale Centre Theatre raising money for accessible restrooms and box office," 20 June 2018 Now, more advanced performance capture systems allow virtual characters to be interactive on the set, even on locations, and provide much richer data to the animators. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 The collection was curated by gallery owner Jordan Reichek, a longtime animator with stints at Disney and Warner Bros. who has a passion for pop culture and an eye for vintage Americana. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "There’s a Perfect 1980s Video Arcade Hidden Inside This New Pop Culture Gallery," 25 May 2018 Inside Pixar during the first few weeks after Lasseter left, animators were crossing their fingers that well-liked Inside Out director Pete Docter would get the gig. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Disney’s John Lasseter Dilemma," 18 May 2018 The show is a giant operation, with dozens of brilliant writers and hundreds of talented animators. Mike Reiss, WSJ, "How to Succeed Like ‘The Simpsons’," 25 May 2018 In a company full of sharp elbows and big egos, the animator distinguished himself as an introvert adept at bringing a level of emotional depth to his films. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee Are Taking Over for Disney’s Ousted John Lasseter," 19 June 2018 It should be noted that the film represents a three-way collaboration between Abbas, Ahmad, and animator Ali Kamili, whose work has a not-quite-real presence that nudges the experience closer to the sublime. Ty Burr,, "The final frames of Abbas Kiarostami," 12 Apr. 2018 Here, her detailed, immersive black-and-white line drawings are beautifully transferred to the screen by video artist and animator Santiago Caicedo, who previously worked with her on the short film Uyuyui! Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Virus Tropical': Film Review | Berlin 2018," 20 Feb. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of animator

: a person who creates animated movies and cartoons


an·​i·​ma·​tor | \ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər\

Kids Definition of animator

: a person who creates animated movies and cartoons

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