Cartoons are not only loved by children, but also by most of the grown ups. Though we have grown in age, many of us still sit beside our young siblings while they are watching Looney Tunes, Pink Panther and Thunder Cats. Cartoons attract people of every age; this is why cinema houses are jam packed when there is an animated movie being shown. Have you ever thought about the hands that were behind your favorite Mickey Mouse, Papa Smurf, Ninja Turtles, Liono, Denver the last dinosaur, Tweety etc.? A cartoonist is a specialist in drawing shapes of cartoon characters. In this article, I am going to tell you about some of the most well known and celebrated cartoonists of the world. These artists have never been recognized the way they should be, like singers, actors and dancers. This article is a tribute to such artists who make such comic characters that fill our lives with light humor, and entertain us in best way possible.
Following are some of the best cartoonists of all time.
Yes, the guy behind our beloved Mickey! Mr. Disney was born on 5th December, 1901 at Hermosa, Chicago. His complete name was Walter Elias Disney.
His father was Irish-Canadian whereas his mother was of German-American descent. In his early age at Marceline, Walt dismay developed aptitude for drawing. One of his neighbors paid him for drawing their horse, too. After some time, the family moved to Chicago and Mr. Disney began attending night courses at the Chicago Art institute. As he was a patriot, he left the school when he was 16 in order to join the army but he was rejected for being underage. Being in the school, he started making cartoons for school’s newspaper. His cartoons depicted his patriotism as they were all filled with World War I concept. When he got rejected from the army, he joined Red Cross along with his friend and was sent to France for a year. In France, Mr. Walt Disney worked as an ambulance driver.
After coming back from France, he wanted to start his career as an artist, but no one was willing to give him acting roles. Neither was he able to get a position in a newspaper for cartoon making. With the help of his brother, he got an impermanent job at Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio where he met Ubbe Iwerks; another cartoonist. His job was to create advertisements for theatres, movies and newspapers. After their temporary jobs finished and both were left jobless, they decided to begin a commercial company of their own. “Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists” was very short lived and Disney joined City Film Ad Company, to be joined soon by Iwerks. There, he used to make advertisements that ere based on cut-out animation. He developed interest for animation and decided to be an animator. His employer was kind enough to lend him over a camera for practicing and experimenting. He employed a person and made deal with a theatre to show his first cartoons; “Laugh-O-Grams.”
The show was a hit, and led Mr. Disney to acquire his own studio called “Laugh-O-Grams.” He employed many animators and started working, but was unable to manage high wages and finances. Thus, the company was wound up for being bankrupt. This was the time he decided to move to Hollywood and make a studio there.
Mr. Disney and his brother made a studio in Hollywood and put all their money into it. He had a cartoon made in Kansas but had not aired it, called “Alice Comedies”. He got a distributor, and began moving on with Alice Comedies which was animation with Live Action. This was a huge success.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created and drawn by Iwerks and was a big hit. After that, the distributor took all his great animators except for Iwerks (as he refused to leave Disney), and Disney was left alone. This was the time both of them made Mickey Mouse.
He has won 26 academy awards and has been nominated for academy awards 59 times. Disneyland is another achievement. Mr. Disney died at the age of 65 in 1966.
2. Bill Amend:
Well known for his comic strip FoxTrot, Bill Amend is an American cartoonist.
William J. C. Amend III was born September 20th, 1962 at Northampton, Massachusetts. He started his career as a cartoonist early in his age when he was in school where he used to make cartoons for school newspaper. He made cartoons for his college newspaper, too. After graduating with physics, he began with his cartoon making career.
On April 10th, 1988 FoxTrot appeared for the first time. Till 2006, FoxTrot appeared on the newspaper daily. After that, Amend switched to Sundays, only. This comic strip is based on the everyday life of Fox family comprising of five members; father Roger, mother Andy, and kids Peter, Paige and Jason. Other characters include kids’ friends and class mates, a pet and Roger’s colleagues.
In 2007, Bill Amend got the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the year.
3. Bill Watterson:
William Boyd Bill Watterson II was born on 5th July, 1958 at Washington D.C. he is famous for his comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” that ran from 1985 to 1995.
His parents say that Bill was a quiet child who spent hours alone drawing and cartooning. He used to draw cartoons for school paper and yearbook. He graduated with Political Science in 1980.
Calvin and Hobbes:
This comic strip comprised of two main characters Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin is a six years old boy who is adventurous and Hobbes is his stuffed tiger which a mocking and satirical character. Other characters include Calvin’s parents, his classmate, his babysitter, a teacher and a bully boy.
Mr. Watterson has attained many awards including Reuben Award, Harvey Award, Adamson Award and Max & Moritz Prize.
Apart from these cartoonists, there is a whole lot of worthy and competent cartoonists and animators who are giving there best for their passion and career