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Ralph Eggleston, Oscar-Winning Pixar animator ehind ‘For the Birds’ and ‘Toy Story,’ dies at 56

In a career that spanned more than 30 years, he worked on animation classics like 'Monsters, Inc.', 'Up,' 'WALL-E' and many more

Ralph Eggleston, the veteran Pixar animator, art director and production designer who won an Oscar for his much-loved short film ‘For the Birds’, has died. He was 56.

The Pixar Post reported that Eggleston died Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Pixar and the world will be forever grateful,” tweeted the official Pixar account honoring Eggleston on Tuesday.

Truly one of a kind. His massive talent was matched only by his kindness,” tweeted Lightyear director Angus MacLane.

Eggleston was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1965. He attended Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles. He began his animation career at Bill Kroyer’s Kroyer Films working on projects such as the TV pilot Computer Warriors (1990) and the feature FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992).

Eggleston was hired by Pixar in 1992 during the development of the first computer-animated feature that was to become Toy Story, beginning what was to become a long and hugely successful career at the animation studio. He worked as an art director on Toy Story, which was released to universal acclaim and great box office success in 1995. Eggleston went on to win his first Annie Award, for best art direction for his work on the film.

Outside of Pixar, Eggleston worked on several Disney animation classics including Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994) and Pocahontas (1995).

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