Who do you see as the absolute god's of animation or working in a company that rel;ates to that. Mine are as follows.
Naughty Dog's- Jason Rubin, i would but his partener Andy down but he was more of the programmer rather then the artistic side although i still have loads of respect for him. Jason brought the best games to PS1 and PS2. His brilliant directing skills made each game have film quality animation. From this i give even more respect to each artist and animator in Naughty Dog. Jason also stands up for what he believes is right, which is admireable. I wouldnt wanted to be pushed around by publishers so he taught me the lesson to stand up to them....thats when i actually get a publisher.
Insomniac's- Ted Price, constantly pushed the boundaries of a weak console which actually seems to have better graphics then some of the latest games. By this i mean Spyro, brilliant from start to finish.
Pixar's-John Lasseter, the genius that brought us comple CGI movies which unfortunatley is being used by every other company which is stealing it's originality. As much as i detest the increasing number of CGI films i will always have my respect for Lasseter for daring to try something new. He also always backs up his brilliant animations with teriffic stories and characters. Unfortunatley Dreamworks can't.....come on Shark Tale and Madagscar were average if not below.
South Park-Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park stands out. It's not the everyday bright, brilliantly animted cartoons of today. It's severe simplisity adds to it's rather dark and unusual humour. Constantly taking risks to what should and shouldnt be done makes there animation one of the best around.
The Simpsons-Matt Groening, i wasn't going to put this down but he helped bring children and adults back into animation with an original style of American humour. I just wish it would end.
Aardman-Nick Park and Peter Lord are still demonstrating the one of my favourite techniques of animation which is clay. His brilliant english humour mixed with his characters makes these films unforgetable. Voiceless Gromit is one of the most famous characters around as well as impressive. Just look at the way simple eyebrow movements determine what the character is thinking.
The Brothers Quay, i've only really seen one of their animations but it was brilliant. It was far from the childish humour of many animations today but it demonstrated how adults can be pulled in to the industry as well. This eerie short wasnt one to miss.
Studio Ghibli- Do i really need to explain about their brilliant animation.