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.]]" A 16 DVD set version of it also exists, but [[CrackIsCheaper costs over $1,000.]] It also exists as a live class.
No relation to Creator/RobinWilliams, by the way.
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[[folder: 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)
!!Tropes Related To Him
* ArtisticTitle: Williams did these for several films, including ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' (1968), the 1974 ''MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', and two ''PinkPanther'' films.
* 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. Also, do NOT mention ''The Thief And The Cobbler'' within earshot of him.
** He seems to have lightened up enough about ''Thief'' to where he's willing to screen a trailer for a film [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/events/richard-williams-to-screen-footage-of-his-new-film-prologue-87810.html at an appearance]] for the Academy of Motion Pictures and science.
* DerangedAnimation: Some... nah, ALL of his work is pretty surreal in one way or another.
* HeAlsoDid: At least one piece of promotional art for ''TheGraduate''.
* MoneyDearBoy: He did ''Raggedy Ann'' and ''Roger Rabbit'' only because he hoped he could gain funding for his pet project, ''The Thief''.
* 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!
* 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.