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

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When Luigi is startled, gets big-eyed and tip-toes back, Disney at its best has nothing on these animators. Washington Post, "The 10 most promising games at E3 2019," 13 June 2019 Aided by all the toys at his command, Woody launches a military maneuver to bring the car back, a Navy SEAL type operation that serves to show off just how talented Pixar’s animators are. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 13 June 2019 My heart goes out to the animators who are now stuck rebuilding this entire film in record time as well—coincidentally, the only significant part of the filmmaking process unprotected by unions. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Razer is making a toaster, Sonic has human baby teeth," 3 May 2019 The articulation that the animators have at their disposal is, yeah, the word is radical. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Holly Hunter Stretches Into Her Superhero Powers," 19 June 2018 That's where people show their work to the director and the leads and fellow animators. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became an animator at Pixar: Kureha Yokoo talks starting out, projects and Brad Bird," 5 June 2018 Finding a replacement for Lasseter, the first animator at Pixar who directed the studio’s first three films in the 1990s, will be difficult — but not as hard as if Disney needed to replace a leader of Iger’s stature, Begley said. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pixar’s still mum about Lasseter’s return, six months after leave," 31 May 2018 Founded and curated by producer and short-film devotee Ron Diamond, this edition of the festival presents the work of animators from eight countries. Loren King,, "The long and short of things," 12 Apr. 2018 The Totoro, which looks like a cross between a cat and a raccoon, is a benevolent woodland inhabitant visible only to children in this charming film from the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in NYC This Weekend," 15 Feb. 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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