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), the Raggedy Ann and Andy film, and his tragic 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.
" A 16 DVD set version of it also exists, but costs over $1,000.
It also exists as a live class.
No relation to Robin Williams
, by the way.Fulfills
the Wiki Rule
.Films he has been involved with:
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 Pink Panther films.
- Berserk Button: 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 at an appearance for the Academy of Motion Pictures and science.
- Deranged Animation: Some... nah, ALL of his work is pretty surreal in one way or another.
- Doing It for the Art
- He Also Did: At least one piece of promotional art for The Graduate.
- Money, Dear Boy: He did Raggedy Ann and Roger Rabbit only because he hoped he could gain funding for his pet project, The Thief.
- Prima Donna Director: 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!
- 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.