Will Vinton is the world renowned Claymation® pioneer having coined and trademarked the word and created some of the most innovative dimensional animation in history. He has received an Academy Award and multiple Emmys for his films and has created, directed and produced some of the best known animated characters in the world, including The California Raisins and the CG (Computer Animated) M&Ms Red and Yellow. He produced the acclaimed television series The PJs for The WB, and Gary and Mike” for UPN. Will also founded Will Vinton Studios to explore 3D animation (including Claymation, Stopmotion, and CG) and grew the company at it’s peak into one of the world’s most respected and creative companies for all types of 3D animation.
Will Vinton continues to explore, promote and instruct the art and craft of Stopmotion animation and Claymation in new films, gallery and museum exhibits, and in classes and workshops intended to further 3D animation art forms.
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Select Filmography (as director):
Speed Demon (1987)
Music video for Michael Jackson
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) – feature film
Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley’s Comet.
The Little Prince (1979) – 25 mins
Below is a trailer for a special live audio performance of the film a few years ago in Portland, as a trailer for the film itself is not available:
Rip Van Winkle (1978) – 26 mins
“There is magic in the Catskill Mountains…” So begins the enchanting story of Rip Van Winkle, a kindly but lazy fellow who stops for a short nap on his hike in the mountains, only to awaken to a place and time unfamiliar to him. When Rip returns to his village, he discovers that he has been asleep not just for an hour or two, but for many, many years!
This 26 min short film received hundreds of international awards including a nomination for an Academy Award.
Closed Mondays (1974)
Closed Mondays is an eight-minute animated film using animated, three-dimensional clay figures, created by Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner in 1974. It was produced by Lighthouse Productions and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. This was the very first Oscar that the Academy had ever given to a stop motion animated film.