HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Art director Ralph Eggleston attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Game Changers Screening Series - "Toy Story" event at the Ford Theatre on June 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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Oscar-Winning Pixar Animator Ralph Eggleston Has Died at 56
Ralph Eggleston, an Oscar-winning animator, art director, and production designer, sadly passed away on August 28, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Eggleston was one of the earliest and most influential contributors to Pixar movies’ overall visual design throughout the decades and is perhaps best known for his work in “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles.”
The artist first began building his legacy when he joined the studio in 1992, where he worked as the art director for the groundbreaking “Toy Story” and continued that role for such films as “Cars” and “Up.” His 2000s short film “For the Birds,” which he wrote and directed, played alongside the theatrical release of “Monsters, Inc” and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2001.
Eggleston’s professional work may have earned him accolades, but his work ethic, kindness, and courage won him the respect of all those he worked closest with. The studio’s in memoriam tweet to Ralph Eggleston declared, “Pixar and the world will be forever grateful” — friends and colleagues swiftly met the message with outpourings of grief and sympathy.