Ralph Eggleston, Disney and Pixar animator, director and designer, who in 2001 released his short for little birds (for the birds) to accompany the length monsters Incdied this Sunday in California at the age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer, although the news only became known this Tuesday, according to Hollywood Reporter.
The Louisiana-born animator got his start in the ’80s with the series amazing talesproduced by Steven Spielberg and in the 90s he made the leap to Disney, where he contributed his grain of sand to emblematic films from the Mickey factory, blockbuster titles like Aladdin, The Lion King Y Pocahontas.
After a stint at Warner Bros and Universal, Eggleston came to Pixar and began working on films that were also big box office hits; We speak nothing less than Toy Story, Finding Nemo Y WALL E.
Ralph Eggleston. photopixar
Director of Lightyear, Angus Maclane, said goodbye to the animator, as did Pixar’s own official Twitter account. “Ralph Eggleston In Memoriam: animator, director, art director, storyboard artist, writer, production designer, and our dear friend. Pixar and the world will be eternally grateful“says the tweet.
Oscar for best short
In one of those careers that shine in the world of animation, Eggleston won the Oscar for the animated short film for writing and directing the 2001 Pixar film For the Birds.
The animator also served as art director on the original toy story and his work as an artist has been seen in numerous Pixar films, including Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Cars, The Incredibles Y Reverse.
His last credited work was in Soul of 2020where he served as a development artist within the art department.
“Goodbye Master Ralph Eggleston”wrote on Twitter Jorge R. Gutiérrez, the creative behind El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Y The book of life .
“A true titan of our art form. He came up to me after Book of Life and I will always cherish our conversations. Before many knew he was sick, he was trying to donate his spectacular collection of art books to a Mexican animation school. That’s Ralph.”
Before his time at Pixar, Eggleston’s work was seen in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Aladdin, The Lion King Y Pocahontas.
Eggleston was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1965. He won his first Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement in Production Design due to his work on the Pixar classictoy story.
She would later win three more Annie Awards for Finding Nemo in 2004, inside-out in 2015 and the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Eggleston was also honored with the VIEW Visionary Award in 2019.
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