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 Finnish market court on Thursday dismissed claims by animators and visual effects technicians who worked on the first 'Iron Sky' film. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Court Sides With 'Iron Sky' Producers in Copyright Suit," 31 May 2018 For the most part, Hollywood tends to reduce animated films to products of companies, rather than the work of individual artists (be they directors or writers or animators). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 That informed the way the animators put that sequence together. Popular Mechanics, "The Wonderful Visual Effects of 'The Jungle Book' and the Future of Movie Magic," 21 Apr. 2016 Programming that model into animation software enables animators to more easily achieve a realistic look. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects," 30 Nov. 2018 At The End Of The Street—picked up from her previous life as an animator, studying classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Netflix Has Hidden All Kinds Of Easter Eggs In The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina House," 25 Oct. 2018 Some Jack O'Lanterns have a classic, toothy grin; others are much more elaborate, featuring Disney-animator-caliber reproductions of the characters from Frozen and other movies. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Never Seen A Jack O'Lantern Display Like This Before," 12 Oct. 2018 Former New England Patriots tight end — and animator, and children’s book author — Martellus Bennett is taking his talents to the hardwood. Travis Andersen,, "Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is back in uniform — on the basketball court," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of animator

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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