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John Canemaker is an internationally recognized animator, author, teacher, and animation historian.  THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION, his 28-minute autobiographical film, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.  He has designed and directed animation for numerous commercial projects (including the Warner Bros. feature The World According To Garp) that have won for their sponsors an Academy Award (for HBO's You Don't Have to Die), Emmy Awards, and an Ace Award and Peabody Award (for CBS' Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse).

He is the recipient of grants from the American Film Institute, PBS, and a Rockefeller Foundation Residency Grant in Bellagio, Italy.  His independently-produced animated shorts, which are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, can be seen in a home video/dvd release titled John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon distributed by Milestone.  One of America's most respected animation historians, John Canemaker is the author of ten acclaimed books, including "Winsor McCay: His Life and Art," “Walt Disney's Nine Old Men & The Art of Animation” and “The Art and Flair of Mary Blair.” He writes frequently on animation for the New York Times.

Canemaker was creative consultant and on-camera/audio commentator for the DVD versions of Disney's The Fantasia Anthology, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, PBS' News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Entertainment Tonight, and lectured throughout the United States and in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Wales.

A tenured professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he began teaching animation in 1980, Canemaker has directed the Animation Program since 1988. He was Acting Chair of the NYU Undergraduate Film and Television Department from 2001-2002.  The John Canemaker Animation Collection, part of the Fales Collection in Bobst Library at New York University, is an archival resource that opened to scholars and students in 1989.