ANNIE AWARDS TRIBUTE RICHARD WILLIAMS
The 47th Annual Annie Awards are dedicated to the memory of Richard Williams.
Born, raised, and educated in Canada, Dick Williams began his remarkable career in animation through the advertising industry. After relocating to London in the early 1960s and setting up his own studio, he continued to create animated ads – more than 2,500 of them! Richard Williams Animation, Ltd. was also responsible for creating the titles for such feature films as What’s New Pussycat? (1965), Casino Royale (1967), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and several Pink Panther films of the 1970s. His 1971 adaptation of A Christmas Carol won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. He directed the 1977 feature film Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure, but is best known for two groundbreaking motion pictures: The Thief and the Cobbler, a highly personal film that Dick began in 1964 but never fully completed to his original intent, and the revolutionary Who Framed Roger Rabbit! (1988), which redefined the melding of animation and live action forever.
Throughout 2008 he served as artist-in-residence at Aardman Animations, and in 2015 his film Prologue received Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for Best Animated Short. Richard Williams’ worldwide animation masterclasses and his classic Animator’s Survival Kit book (and multi-part animation course) have become mentoring benchmarks for students and professionals alike.
Richard Williams was still working when he passed away on August 16, 2019. Animator, director, visionary and executive — his like will never be seen again.