Ray Patterson (animator)
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Raymond Patterson (November 23, 1911 – December 30, 2001) was an American animator, producer, and director. Patterson was born in Hollywood, California, and was the younger brother of animator Don Patterson.
November 23, 1911
|Died||December 30, 2001 (aged 90)|
|Employer||Screen Gems (1929-1939, 1942-1943) |
Walt Disney Animation Studios (1940-1943)
Grantray-Lawrence Animation (1954-1967)
Walt Disney StudioEdit
In 1940, he moved to the Walt Disney Studio, where he animated on Fantasia and Dumbo, as well as several Pluto shorts (Bone Trouble and Pluto's Playmate). By 1942, he mostly worked on Donald Duck shorts such as Donald Gets Drafted.
Patterson left Disney in 1943 to work at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio, his first short for them being War Dogs. While he mostly worked in the studio's Hanna-Barbera unit, he occasionally provided animation for Tex Avery's unit (as well as Avery's substitute director Dick Lundy). He worked on several Academy Award-winning animation shorts: Mouse Trouble (1944), Quiet Please! (1945), The Little Orphan (1948), and Johann Mouse (1952).
Patterson left MGM in 1954 to co-found (with former MGM colleague Grant Simmons) Grantray-Lawrence Animation, which he operated until 1967. GrantRay-Lawrence's early work was providing animation for television commercials, including the original "Winston Tastes Good" campaign. The company later moved on to producing such animated television series as Spider-Man and The Marvel Superheroes.
After GrantRay-Lawrence folded in 1967, Patterson joined his former bosses at Hanna-Barbera, where he worked as a supervising director on several animated television series. Patterson was eventually promoted to Vice President in charge of animation direction, a position he held until his retirement in 1993.
Awards and honorsEdit
|1940||Fantasia||Animator - Segment "Dance of the Hours"|
|1973||Charlotte's Web||Animator||1978||Scooby's All Stars Laff a Lympics Season 2|
|1990||Jetsons the Movie||Animation Director|
|1993||Once Upon a Forest||Timing Director|
References in popular cultureEdit
In the episode of The Simpsons entitled "Trash of the Titans" (1998), the commissioner of sanitation is named Ray Patterson and played by Steve Martin. In the episode of Family Guy entitled "Road to Rupert" (2007), Patterson became archive footage as Jerry's visible.
- "Ray Patterson, 90; Cartoon Animator of Tom and Jerry, Pluto". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2002. pp. B–11.
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