Richard Williams Animation Masterclass presents The Animators Survival Kit Animated

Richard Williams was the creative mind behind the animation of the worldwide smash success Who Framed Roger Rabbit for which he won two Oscars. He directed and designed Roger and Jessica Rabbit, Baby Herman and all the new characters for the Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg blockbuster.

British based Williams has won 3 Oscars, 3 British Academy Awards and over 250 other international awards.

Richard Williams' current project is a 16-DVD boxed set which brings together his legendary Masterclasses with his best-selling book to create The Animator’s Survival Kit – Animated. This has over 400 specially animated examples intercut with his 4 day Masterclass filmed at Blue Sky Studios in New York.

Richard Williams has a 50 year career in animation which includes The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat, the James Bond Casino Royale, The Charge of the Light Brigade, and Oscar winning A Christmas Carol.

In the 1990's he gave the Richard Williams' Animation Masterclasses around the world to participants from studios such as Disney, Pixar, ILM, Dreamworks/PDI and Warner Bros followed by the best-selling The Animators Survival Kit (2001).

During his more than 50 years in the business Williams has been one of the true innovators and serves as the link between the Golden Age of animation by hand and the new computer animation successes. Perhaps even more important has been his dedication to passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn can push the medium in new directions.

‘Absolute animation genius’

‘Arguably the best animator working in the field today’

Voted by peers as ‘The Animator’s Animator’

‘The only "genius" genius to come along in animation in years ... probably one of the most respected draftsmen in the world.’


Richard Williams has OVER 250 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS (Average of one award every month over 25 years) including:

  • OSCAR: Special Academy Award 1989, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • OSCAR: Academy Award - Special Effects 1989, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • OSCAR: Academy Award 1972, A Christmas Carol
  • BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD: Special Achievements 1989, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • EVENING STANDARD SPECIAL AWARD: Distinguished Contribution to British Cinema 1989, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD: 1958, The Little Island
  • EMMY AWARD: 1982, Ziggy's Gift
  • WINSOR McCAY AWARD: 1984, Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Animation "Annie"
A Young Richard Williams
Animation is Concentration
Richard Williams
Richard on the floor