Raymond "Ray" Patterson
- December 30
) was an American animator
. Patterson was born in Hollywood, California
, and was the brother of animator Don Patterson
Patternson's earliet work in animation were at Charles B. Mintz
, where he started as an inker in 1929. He remained at Mintz for ten years.
Walt Disney Studio
In 1940, he moved to Walt Disney Studio
, where he provided artwork for Dumbo
, as well as several Pluto
shorts (Bone Trouble
and Pluto's Playmate
Patterson left Disney in 1941 to work at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
, where he was assigned to the Hanna
unit. Patterson worked with this unit for over twenty years, though he occasionally provided animation for Dick Lundy
and Tex Avery
's unit. He worked on several Academy Award
winning animation shorts: Mouse Trouble
(1944), Quiet Please!
(1945), The Little Orphan
(1948), and Johann Mouse
Patterson left MGM in 1954 to co-found (with former MGM colleague Grant Simmons
) Grantray-Lawrence Animation
, which he operated until 1967. GrantRay-Lawrence's early work was providing animation for television commercials, including the original "Winston Tastes Good"
campaign. The company later moved on to producing such animated television series as Spider-Man
and The Marvel Superheroes.
After GrantRay-Lawrence folded in 1967, Patterson joined his former bosses at Hanna-Barbera
, where he worked as a supervising director on several animated television series. Patterson was eventually promoted to Vice President in charge of animation direction, a position he held until his retirement in 1993.
Awards and honors
Patterson was awarded the 1999 Winsor McCay Award
by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood
for his lifetime of contributions to the animation field.
On December 30
, (nine months after the passing of William Hanna
) Patterson died of natural causes
, in Encino
References in popular culture
In the episode of The Simpsons
entitled "Trash of the Titans
" (1998), the commissioner of sanitation is named Ray Patterson and played by Steve Martin