Ray Patterson (animator)

Ray Patterson
Born (1911-11-23)November 23, 1911
Hollywood, California
Died December 30, 2001(2001-12-30) (aged 90)
Encino, California
Occupation Animator

Raymond "Ray" Patterson (November 23, 1911 December 30, 2001) was an American animator, producer, and director. Patterson was born in Hollywood, California, and was the brother of animator Don Patterson.


Early career

Patterson's earliest works in animation were for Charles B. Mintz's Krazy Kat/Screen Gems studio, where he started as an inker in 1929. He remained at Mintz for ten years.[1]

Walt Disney Studio

In 1940, he moved to the Walt Disney studio, where he animated on Dumbo and Fantasia, as well as several Pluto shorts (Bone Trouble and Pluto's Playmate).


Patterson left Disney in 1941 during the Disney animators' strike to work at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio, where he was assigned to the Hanna-Barbera 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 (1952).

Grantray-Lawrence Animation

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.[2]


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.

Film Roman

After Hanna-Barbera folded in 1990 Ray Patterson was the supervising director for the Bobby's World episode in 1993 called "I Want My Mommy".

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.


Patterson died of natural causes, in Encino, California on December 30, 2001, just after his 90th birthday.

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. In the episode of Family Guy entitled "Road to Rupert" (2007), Patterson became archive footage as Jerry's visible.


  1. "Ray Patterson, 90; Cartoon Animator of Tom and Jerry, Pluto", Los Angeles Times, pp. B–11, January 9, 2002
  2. "Ray Patterson, 90; Cartoon Animator of Tom and Jerry, Pluto", Los Angeles Times, pp. B–11, January 9, 2002

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