Ray Patterson (animator)

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.

Ray Patterson
Raymond Patterson

November 23, 1911
DiedDecember 30, 2001(2001-12-30) (aged 90)
EmployerScreen Gems (1929-1939, 1942-1943)
Walt Disney Animation Studios (1940-1943)
MGM (1943-1954)
Grantray-Lawrence Animation (1954-1967)
Hanna-Barbera (1967-1993)


Early careerEdit

Patterson's earliest works in animation were for Charles B. Mintz's Krazy Kat/Screen Gems studio, where he started as an inker in 1929. He remained at Mintz for ten years.[1]

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).

Grantray-Lawrence AnimationEdit

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.[1]


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

Patterson was awarded the 1999 Winsor McCay Award by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood for his lifetime of contributions to the animation field.


Patterson died of natural causes, in Encino, California on December 30, 2001, a month after his 90th birthday.[1]


Year Title Credits Characters
1940 Fantasia Animator - Segment "Dance of the Hours"
1941 Dumbo Animator
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.


  1. ^ a b c "Ray Patterson, 90; Cartoon Animator of Tom and Jerry, Pluto". Los Angeles Times. January 9, 2002. pp. B–11.

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