Richard Williams is an animator, film title sequence designer, voice actor and writer who is best known for being the animation director on Disney's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and his unfinished feature film "The Thief and the Cobbler. His other works include designing and animating the film title sequences for "What's New, Pussycat?" along with the title and linking sequences for "Charge of the Light Brigade". He also animated the eponymous cartoon feline character the Pink Panther for the two later Pink Panther films. He attended school Northern Secondary School in Toronto in which attended has produced numerous other successful people in th entertainment industry.
He earlier produced work in 1958 for the film "The Little Island" boosted his career as it won the 1958 BAFTA Award for Animated Film. In his documentary "The Theif Who Never Gave Up" Williams gives credit to animator Bob Godfrey whose given influence allowed him to start in the animation business. He later directed numerous films which include the Academy Award-winning film "A Christmas Carol"(1971) and the Emmy-winnng television film "Ziggy's Gift (1982)". He later became the director of animation for the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) and won two more Oscars for his work.
He later went into book writing on animation , and has writted the acclaimed animation how-to-book "The Animator's Survival Kit" which has been published and republished many times and is still widely acclaimed to the present day. Following this, he produced a 9-minute silent short film called "Circus Drawings", and with live accompaniment it premiered at thePordenone Silent Film Festival in Italy in September 2010.