"It's a craft, isn't it? A proper craft. And craft can be an art."A prominent Canadian-British artist and animator (born in 1933) who got his start training under veterans from The Golden Age of Animation such as Disney's Nine Old Men, as well as Warner Bros. animator Ken Harris and industry drifter Grim Natwick. Totally crazy about silky smooth, seamless animation.He has done work on several projects, most famously Who Framed Roger Rabbit (for which he received both the Visual Effects Oscar and a Special Achievement Award for the animation direction of the film), Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure and his historical (and tragically failed) attempt to make "the greatest animated film" called The Thief and the Cobbler.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, "The Animator's Survival Kit". It also exists as a live class and a 16 DVD set version of it which costs over $1,000; fortunately, an iPad app of it exists that condenses both for the much more affordable $35.In 2015, he joined Twitter and, later, premiered Prologue, the first part of his top-secret independent project, I Hope I Live To Finish This, at Annecy.No relation to Robin Williams, by the way, although he did present Richard with his Special Achievement Oscar for ''Roger Rabbit''.Fulfills the Wiki Rule.Films he has been involved with:
—Richard Williams about animation
- The Little Island (1958)
- Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (1962)
- A Lecture on Man (1962)
- "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966); Contributed animation to the films opening titles.
- A Christmas Carol (1971)
- Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
- The Thief and the Cobbler (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.
- "I Hope I Live To Finish This" (working title, TBA): A series of shorts intended to interlink into a feature film, in top-secret production since 1999. The first part, Prologue, was released in 2015.
Tropes Related To Him
- Artistic Title: Williams did these for several films, including A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), the 1974 Murder on the Orient Express, and two The Pink Panther films.
- Author Existence Failure: As of this writing, not yet, but his most recent long-term project, titled I Hope I Live To Finish This, is being released as a series of shorts so that, should this trope come into play before it's completion, he'll have something to show for it.
- Deranged Animation: Some... nah, ALL of his work is pretty surreal in one way or another.
- Doing It for the Art: 28 years making a movie. It's really quite humbling.
- Early Installment Weirdness: His earliest films were made before he was able to get firsthand education from veteran animators, so they feature heavy use of Limited Animation, and bear little resemblance to his future work.
- He Also Did: At least one piece of promotional art for The Graduate.
- Hot-Blooded: Anyone who's met the man can attest that, even after mastering his craft, he is 110% passionate about the art of animation.
- The Perfectionist: He's obsessed with making his animations as fluid and clean as possible, and fired countless people who don't live up to his standards.
- In many cases, he was fired from projects for taking to long to make them perfect.
- Promoted Fanboy: Had the pleasure of not only learning his trade from virtually every major Golden Age-era animator but eventually getting a few of them to work for him.
- Shown Their Work: Richard is a walking encyclopedia of animation techniques from the Golden Age. His book is proof of this.
- The Twelve Principles of Animation: Knows these and a lot more.