Animator, professor, historian, author, producer, lecturer and Academy Award winner- John Canemaker has donned many hats throughout his illustrious career. At NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, he has shared his intimate knowledge and love of animation to guide thirty-five years’ worth of young creatives as they learn the finer points of the craft.
No matter the type of animation employed, Canemaker keenly teaches his students the fundamentals that persist. He personally knew and worked with many of the standard-bearers of the animation- including several of Disney’s Nine Old Men. But his status in the world of animation belies his humble origins and late-blooming start. Were it not for words of encouragement from a college instructor at the age of 28, his career might have taken an entirely different trajectory.