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Will Vinton
1948 -

Will Vinton was born in Mcminnville, Oregon. He studied physics, architecture and filmmaking at the University of California, Berkeley. He met clay animator Bob Gardiner in the early 70's and produced Closed Mondays which won the Oscar in 1975. He went solo and formed Will Vinton Studios in 1976. His studio has a very impressive and lengthy body of work. His studio filmed a documentary showing the process of their work, and titled it Claymation. The term stuck, and Vinton eventually trademarked the word. Today, the term is synonymous with clay animation. He has worked in television, film, special effects, commercials, and music videos, among other media. He has been nominated for, and won multiple Academy Awards and Prime-Time Emmys throughout his very successful career.

Animations Produced:

Feature Films:

  • The Wild, 2006
  • Festival of Claymation, 1987
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain, 1985
  • Return To Oz, 1985 (Academy Award Nominee)
TV Shows:
  • Gary & Mike, 2001 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Nominee)
  • The Pjs, 1999-2000 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Winner)
  • The California Raisins, 1989
  • Klay's TV, 2001
  • Slacker Cats, 2001
  • Boyer Brothers, 2001
  • Cecille (Sesame Street segment)
  • Adventures in Wonderland
TV Specials:
  • Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Celebration 1987, (Prime-Time Emmy Award Winner)
  • Claymation Easter Special, 1992 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Winner)
  • Claymation Comedy of Horrors, 1991 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Winner)
  • Raisins Sold Out: California Raisins II, 1990 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Nominee)
  • Meet the Raisins!,1988 (Prime-Time Emmy Award Winner)
Short Films:
  • The Little Prince, 1979
  • Martin The Cobbler, 1977
  • Rip Van Winkle, 1978 (Academy Award Nominee)
  • The Diary of Adam & Eve
  • Closed Mondays, 1974 (Oscar Winner)
  • Mr. Resistor, 1994
  • Bride of Resistor
  • Dinosaurs! - A Fun-Filled Trip Back In Time!, 1980
  • Legacy
  • Paul Stookey "A Christmas Gift" music video, 1987
  • The Great Cognito, 1982 (Academy Award Nominee)
  • The Creation, 1981
  • Michael Jackson "Speed Demon", music video
  • The Morning After
  • Mountain Music, 1976
  • Wobbly Wino, 1973
  • Culture Shock
  • Go Down Death
  • John Fogerty "Vanz Kant Danz" music video, 1987
  • The Lost 'M' Adventure
  • Xerox & Mylar
  • The Stars Came Dreaming
  • Day of the Dead

Submitted by: Richard Martin
as part of ARTC 400, Principles of Animation
Bowling Green State University
Prof. Bonnie Mitchell