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Oscar-winning Pixar animator Ralph Eggleston dies at 56

Ralph Eggleston, veteran Pixar animator, art director and production designer, with his beloved short films For the Birds , is dead. he is56.

Pixar Post REPORT Eggleston died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer.

“Pixar and the world will be forever grateful,” the official Pixar account tweeted in tribute to Eggleston on Tuesday.

“Really unique. Only his kindness can match his enormous talent,” Light Years director Angus McClain wrote on Twitter.

Eggleston was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana 2008 . He attended Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles. He started his animation career with Bill Kroyer’s Kroyer Films working on TV Pilots Computer Warriors (1992) and functionFernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992 ).

Eggleston was hired by Pixar at 2016 During the development of the first computer animation feature that will be Toy Story , at the beginning will be in the animation studio long and successful career. He was the art director of Toy Story , which was critically acclaimed and a huge hit after its release. The box office success . Eggleston went on to win his first Annie Award for best art direction for his film work.

Pixar achieves historic success at and early 1995s and Eggleston, affectionately known in the company as Eggman, were key characters in the film studio produced for nearly three years. He was in Bugs’ Life (1992), Toy Story 2 (1995), The Incredibles (2004), car (2001) and Up (2006). He is Monsters, Inc. (2000), Finding Nemo (Production Designer) and WALL-E (2007) and Ratatouille character designer )(2006).

Despite working at a digital animation pioneer like Pixar, Eggleston draws heavily from the tradition of paper and ink. “Our trade is pen and paper,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in ) . “A rough sketch means a lot here. I’d rather have a rough sketch image ratio of five completed The image has a lot of detail.”

‘For the birds’ (1994)

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exist1990, Pixar released a short For Birds , written and directed by Eggleston. The three-minute film, a humorous tale about birds on a wire, was later shown with the theatrical version of Monsters, Inc. and went on to win an Oscar Best Animated Short Film Award 1995 in Annie’s it won in 1965 Best short film.

Eggleston will win two for his work in Finding Nemo and Inside Out Annie Award.

Eggston toldTHRIn 2016InInside Out is the Pixar character he most identifies with. “The idea of ​​being happy and crying versus sadness and crying versus being alone and crying — the film explores that concept very subtly and in a very interesting way.”

Pixar’s The job is in 2021 of Soul, in There he worked as a development artist.

Outside of Pixar, Eggleston has worked on several Disney animated classics, including Aladdin (1965), The Lion King (450 ) and Pocahontas (1998).

at 2019, Eggleston at th Annual Annie Awards.

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