Ralph Eggleston, Academy Award-winning animator, art director and production designer at Pixar Animation Studios, died Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old.
Eggleston won the Oscar for Animated Short Film for writing and directing the 2001 Pixar film “For the Birds.”
Pixar tweeted a tribute to him, saying, “Pixar and the world will be forever grateful.”
The animator also served as art director on the original “Toy Story,” and his work as an artist has been seen on numerous Pixar films, including “Monsters, Inc.”, “Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E,” “Cars, “The Incredibles,” and “Inside Out.” His last credited work was on 2020’s “Soul,” where he served as a development artist within the art department.
“Goodbye Master Ralph Eggleston”, Jorge R. Gutiérrez, the creative behind “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera” and “The Book of Life”, wrote in a Twitter post. “A true titan of our art form. He reached out to me after ‘Book of Life’ and I will always cherish our conversations. Before many knew he was sick, he was trying to donate his spectacular collection of art books to a school of Mexican animation. That’s Ralph.”
Before his time at Pixar, Eggleston’s work was seen in “FernGully: The Last Rainforest,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Pocahontas.”
Eggleston was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. in 1965. He won his first Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement in Production Design for his work on the Pixar classic “Toy Story.” He would later go on to win three more Annie Awards for “Finding Nemo” in 2004, “Inside Out” in 2015, and the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award for him in 2016. Eggleston was also honored with the VIEW Visionary Award in 2019.