an·​i·​ma·​tor | \ ˈa-nə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce animator (audio) \

Definition of animator

1 : one that animates prime animator of the movement
2 : an artist who is involved in creating animated cartoons

Examples of animator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Takeuchi, who wrote for Disenchantment but has never led a show before, was the first female animator to be given an overall deal by Netflix. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Adult Animation Is Pushing New Boundaries. A Look Inside Its Evolution from The Simpsons to BoJack Horseman," 20 Dec. 2019 The Cirque du Soleil team collaborated with Disney animators to create the show. Matthew J. Palm,, "Cirque du Soleil, Disney announce name, other details of new show at Disney World," 10 Dec. 2019 Multiple teams of artists and animators collaborated on the project through a series of workshops at the Burbank studio’s VR lab, where each team became better acquainted with VR animation and storytelling tools. Los Angeles Times, "Cartoon Network’s new VR game will let players pick a cosmic journey," 17 Sep. 2019 And it was written by an ex-N.F.L. player who doesn’t have children and who directed in collaboration with veteran animators who do. Charles Solomon, New York Times, "‘Hair Love’: 3 Men and a Little Girl (With a Lot of Curls)," 29 Aug. 2019 The show will focus on Julie, the daughter of an animator, who discovers her late father left her a gift: a piece of unfinished animation. Matthew J. Palm,, "Cirque du Soleil, Disney announce name, other details of new show at Disney World," 10 Dec. 2019 Actors, animators, anchorwomen and technicians are among the many people featured in this delightful volume. John J. Kelly, Detroit Free Press, "Holiday gift guide 2019: The best books that will inspire and delight readers," 7 Dec. 2019 Jobs are as varied as game and software developer, audio producer, animator, technical and grant writer, marketing and public relations specialist, and mechanical, electrical and chemical engineer. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life," 29 Nov. 2019 The competition takes place at Disney World, so there's plenty to drool over. •Ink and Paint: Based on the book by Mindy Johnson, this gives a look at the trailblazing female animators in Disney's history. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "A Full List of Every New Disney Show Available on the Disney+ Streaming Service," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of animator

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Dec 2019

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“Animator.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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