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Ralph Eggleston, a Pixar Animator Who Won an Oscar for “Toy Story,” Died at 56

Ralph Eggleston, a veteran animator at Pixar who won an Academy Award for directing the short film For the Birds in 2000 and worked in the art departments of films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles, has passed away. Eggleston was also the director of the short film For the Birds.

According to Variety, Eggleston passed away on Monday in San Rafael, California, at the age of 56. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

In a message that was published on Twitter on Monday, Pixar Animation Studios provided confirmation of Eggleston’s passing.

“In loving remembrance of Ralph Eggleston, who was a talented animator, director, storyboard artist, art director, writer, production designer, and beloved friend. Pixar and the entire world will be grateful to you forever, “tweets were made by the studio.

One of his fellow filmmakers, Jorge R. Gutierrez, who was responsible for directing “The Book of Life,” paid respect to the film director as well.

Director Wolfgang Petersen, whose films include The Perfect Storm, Outbreak, and Air Force One, has passed away at the age of 81.


On March 24, 2002, the 74th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Here, Best Animated Short Film director Ralph Eggleston poses backstage at the event. Eggleston took home the prize for his piece “For the Birds.”

“Adios Maestro Ralph Eggleston. A true legend in our field of endeavour. After finishing Book of Life, he got in touch with me, and I will always treasure the chats we had.

Before many people knew that he was sick, he was trying to give a Mexican animation school his remarkable art book collection as a donation. That’s Ralph,” Gutierrez wrote.

In addition to his Oscar, Eggleston has been honoured with several other awards throughout his career, including four Annie Awards, which are presented to those who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in animation.

The Academy of Animated Film in Hollywood (ASIFA-Hollywood), which is the organization in charge of bestowing awards, acknowledged his contributions to the films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Inside Out.

According to the blog Cartoon Brew, he remained employed with Pixar for the entirety of the preceding three decades, commencing in 1993. In addition to that, the original plot of the film Monsters, Inc., which was released in 2001 is credited to him.

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According to Cartoon Brew, Andrew Stanton expressed his relief when he found out that Eggleston would accept his job offer as a production designer for the movie Toy Story, which was released in 1995.

At the time, the film industry was in the process of transitioning to computer-generated imagery, also known as CGI, which made it difficult to find production designers.

Ralph Eggleston, who stepped in to be our production designer, was the only person out of all those people I phoned who said yes straight away, according to Stanton. “I called a lot of people,” he said. “And thank heavens for that, as he ultimately became a foundational component in the visual style of our films.”

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