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Ralph Eggleston, Academy Award-winning Pixar animator behind ‘For the Birds’ and ‘Toy Story,’ dies at 56

Ralph Eggleston, an Academy Award-winning animator, artwork director and manufacturing designer at Pixar Animation Studios, died on Monday after a protracted battle with pancreatic most cancers. He was 56 years previous.

Eggleston gained the animated quick movie Oscar for writing and directing the 2001 Pixar movie “For the Birds.”

Pixar tweeted a tribute to him, saying, “Pixar and the world might be eternally grateful.”

The animator additionally served as artwork director on the unique “Toy Story,” and his work as an artist has been seen on quite a few Pixar movies together with “Monsters, Inc.,” “Discovering Nemo,” “Wall-E,” “Automobiles,” “The Incredibles” and “Inside Out.” His remaining credited work was in 2020’s “Soul,” the place he served as a improvement artist inside the artwork division.

“Adios Maestro Ralph Eggleston,” Jorge R. Gutierrez, the inventive behind “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” and “The Ebook of Life,” wrote in a Twitter post. “A real titan of our artwork type. He reached out to me after ‘Ebook of Life’ and I’ll eternally cherish our conversations. Earlier than many knew he was sick he was attempting to donate his spectacular artwork ebook assortment to a Mexican animation faculty. That’s Ralph.”

Previous to his time at Pixar, Eggleston’s work was seen in “FernGully: The Final Rainforest,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Pocahontas.”

Eggleston was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1965. He gained his first Annie Award for finest particular person achievement in manufacturing design as a result of his work on the Pixar basic “Toy Story.” He would later win three extra Annie Awards for “Discovering Nemo” in 2004, “Inside Out” in 2015 and the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in 2016. Eggleston was additionally honored with the VIEW Visionary Award in 2019.

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