History Main / RichardWilliams

19th Jan '15 9:33:02 AM rjung
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/animate_rw_1684.jpg]]

->''It's a craft, isn't it? A proper craft. And craft can be an art.''
-->--Richard Williams about animation

A prominent Canadian-British artist and animator (born in 1933) who got his start training under veterans from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation such as DisneysNineOldMen, as well as Warner Bros. animator [[NoteworthyLooneyTunesStaff Ken Harris]] and industry drifter GrimNatwick. Totally crazy about silky smooth, seamless animation.

He has done work on several projects, most famously ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (for which he received both the Visual Effects Oscar ''and'' a Special Achievement Award for the animation direction of the film), the Raggedy Ann and Andy film, and his tragic attempt to make "[[WhatCouldHaveBeen the greatest animated film]]" called ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''.

These days, Richard is now semi-retired, at least from the industry side of animation, although he still takes up personal animation projects and teaches animation via his acclaimed masterclasses.

He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it which [[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000]]; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists that condenses both for the much more affordable 35$.

No relation to Creator/RobinWilliams, by the way.

[[http://thethiefarchive.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Williams_Wiki Fulfills]] the WikiRule.

[[AC:Films he has been involved with:]]
* TheLittleIsland (1958)
* [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/a-rare-early-short-by-richard-williams.html Love Me, Love Me, Love Me]] (1962)
* WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol (1971)
* WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure (1977)
* Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit (1988)
* WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler (1993, 1995)
* Circus Drawings (1965-2010): A short film that Williams based off of a series of drawings he made twelve years after he drew them at a circus in 1953.
* "[[LampshadeHanging I Hope I Live To Finish This]]" (working title, TBA): Another independent feature length project of his that has been in the works for fifteen years.

-------------------------------
!!Tropes Related To Him

* ArtisticTitle: Williams did these for several films, including ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' (1968), the 1974 ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', and two ''PinkPanther'' films.
* DerangedAnimation: Some... nah, ALL of his work is pretty surreal in one way or another.
* DoingItForTheArt: 28 years making a movie. It's really quite humbling.
* HeAlsoDid: At least one piece of promotional art for ''TheGraduate''.
* ShownTheirWork: Richard is a walking encyclopedia of animation techniques from the Golden Age. His book is proof of this.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: Knows these and a lot more.
----

to:

[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/animate_rw_1684.jpg]]

->''It's a craft, isn't it? A proper craft. And craft can be an art.''
-->--Richard Williams about animation

A prominent Canadian-British artist and animator (born in 1933) who got his start training under veterans from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation such as DisneysNineOldMen, as well as Warner Bros. animator [[NoteworthyLooneyTunesStaff Ken Harris]] and industry drifter GrimNatwick. Totally crazy about silky smooth, seamless animation.

He has done work on several projects, most famously ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' (for which he received both the Visual Effects Oscar ''and'' a Special Achievement Award for the animation direction of the film), the Raggedy Ann and Andy film, and his tragic attempt to make "[[WhatCouldHaveBeen the greatest animated film]]" called ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''.

These days, Richard is now semi-retired, at least from the industry side of animation, although he still takes up personal animation projects and teaches animation via his acclaimed masterclasses.

He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it which [[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000]]; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists that condenses both for the much more affordable 35$.

No relation to Creator/RobinWilliams, by the way.

[[http://thethiefarchive.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_Williams_Wiki Fulfills]] the WikiRule.

[[AC:Films he has been involved with:]]
* TheLittleIsland (1958)
* [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/a-rare-early-short-by-richard-williams.html Love Me, Love Me, Love Me]] (1962)
* WesternAnimation/AChristmasCarol (1971)
* WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure (1977)
* Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit (1988)
* WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler (1993, 1995)
* Circus Drawings (1965-2010): A short film that Williams based off of a series of drawings he made twelve years after he drew them at a circus in 1953.
* "[[LampshadeHanging I Hope I Live To Finish This]]" (working title, TBA): Another independent feature length project of his that has been in the works for fifteen years.

-------------------------------
!!Tropes Related To Him

* ArtisticTitle: Williams did these for several films, including ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' (1968), the 1974 ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', and two ''PinkPanther'' films.
* DerangedAnimation: Some... nah, ALL of his work is pretty surreal in one way or another.
* DoingItForTheArt: 28 years making a movie. It's really quite humbling.
* HeAlsoDid: At least one piece of promotional art for ''TheGraduate''.
* ShownTheirWork: Richard is a walking encyclopedia of animation techniques from the Golden Age. His book is proof of this.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: Knows these and a lot more.
----
[[redirect:Creator/RichardWilliams]]
8th Dec '14 9:27:56 PM robogabriel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ProtectionFromEditors: For better or worse, he assumed this privilege on all of his works, all of which eventually went over budget and never met deadlines.
8th Dec '14 9:27:46 PM robogabriel
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ProtectionFromEditors: For better or worse, he assumed this privilege on all of his works, all of which eventually went over budget and never met deadlines.
20th Nov '14 9:43:30 AM Eegah
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DoingItForTheArt

to:

* DoingItForTheArtDoingItForTheArt: 28 years making a movie. It's really quite humbling.
14th Jun '14 10:44:28 AM TheBeanerItWas
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* BerserkButton: The guy is such a perfectionist that if he caught so much as a ''speck of dust'' photographed along with a cel, he would ''chew out the cameraman'' for allowing it to happen.



* MoneyDearBoy: He did ''Raggedy Ann'' and ''Roger Rabbit'' only because he hoped he could gain funding for his pet project, ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''.
* PrimaDonnaDirector: As mentioned already, Richard is the definitive example of a perfectionist, and has such ridiculously high standards of animation, that during the production of ''Thief'', he had a whole revolving door of staff, firing ''hundreds'' of artists throughout it's production--some of them didn't even set foot inside the studio before they were kicked off!
13th Jun '14 10:04:30 AM TheBeanerItWas
Is there an issue? Send a Message


He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it which[[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000]]; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists that condenses both for the much more affordable 35$.

to:

He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it which[[CrackIsCheaper which [[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000]]; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists that condenses both for the much more affordable 35$.
13th Jun '14 10:04:14 AM TheBeanerItWas
Is there an issue? Send a Message


He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" A 16 DVD set version of it also exists, but [[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000.]] It also exists as a live class.

to:

He has also published an acclaimed book on animation, "[[TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit The Animator's Survival Kit.]]" A It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it also exists, but [[CrackIsCheaper which[[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000.]] It also $1,000]]; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists as a live class.
that condenses both for the much more affordable 35$.
5th Jun '14 11:32:03 AM TheBeanerItWas
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[LampshadeHanging I Hope I Live To Finish This]] (working title, TBA): Another independent feature length project of his that has been in the works for fifteen years.

to:

* [[LampshadeHanging Circus Drawings (1965-2010): A short film that Williams based off of a series of drawings he made twelve years after he drew them at a circus in 1953.
* "[[LampshadeHanging
I Hope I Live To Finish This]] This]]" (working title, TBA): Another independent feature length project of his that has been in the works for fifteen years.
5th Jun '14 11:24:17 AM TheBeanerItWas
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* [[LampshadeHanging I Hope I Live To Finish This]] (working title, TBA): Another independent feature length project of his that has been in the works for fifteen years.
15th Apr '14 7:25:41 AM Laukku
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

->''It's a craft, isn't it? A proper craft. And craft can be an art.''
-->--Richard Williams about animation
This list shows the last 10 events of 67. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.RichardWilliams