John Canemaker is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning independent animator/designer, animation historian, teacher, and author.
He is a full professor who, for thirty years, has headed the Animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. In 2009, he received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award for “exceptional teaching, inside and outside the classroom.”
Professor Canemaker won a 2005 Oscar and a 2006 Emmy Award for his 28-min. animated short, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation. He also produced and directed animation sequences for the Oscar-winning HBO documentary, You Don’t Have to Die; the CBS-TV Peabody Award-winning Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse; Yoko Ono’s John Lennon Sketchbook; and Warner Brothers’ The World According to Garp, among many other commercials and sponsored films. His films are in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, and distributed by Milestone Film & Video.
A renowned animation historian, John Canemaker has written twelve books on subjects ranging from Winsor McCay, Felix the Cat, Tex Avery and numerous Disney and Pixar artists. His most recent book is The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic.
His articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print Magazine, and Esopus. He has curated animation art exhibitions for the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and the Katonah (N.Y.) Museum of Art. For television’s Turner Classic Movies in 2014, Canemaker co-hosted, with Robert Osborne, a special hour on the films of Winsor McCay.
ASIFA-Hollywood honored John Canemaker with the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in recognition of his career contributions to the art of animation. He has received two residency grants from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center in Italy, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College. For his work as an animation historian, he was awarded Italy’s 2007 Jean Mitry Award from Le Giornate Del Cinema Muto, and a special “Animation Theory” award from the 2006 Zagreb Animation Festival.