Alexander Williams (cartoonist)

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Alexander Williams
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Alex Williams
Born (1967-10-18) October 18, 1967 (age 46)
London
Nationality British
Education Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts
Known for Animation, Cartoons
Notable work(s) Queens Counsel
Website
Alex Williams Animation
Queen's Counsel Cartoons
Animation Apprentice

Alexander "Alex" Williams (born October 18, 1967 in London) is an English film animator and cartoonist. He is the son of animator Richard Williams. He has worked on numerous animated films, and is the author of the Queen's Counsel cartoon strip in The Times.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in London in 1967. He is the son of Canadian animator Richard Williams. [1]He played the voice of Tiny Tim in his father's 1971 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.[2] He was educated at Westminster School, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and Merton College, Oxford.

Career[edit]

Cartoons[edit]

Sir Geoffrey Bentwood QC, one of the Queen's Counsel characters

Williams and Graham Francis Defries are co-creators of the comic strip Queens Counsel. It is a satire on law and lawyers, which has appeared in the law pages of The Times newspaper since 1993. It is written under the pseudonyms Steuart and Francis.[3][4] The strip was begun when Williams and Defries were working as research assistants for Members of Parliament at the House of Commons.[5]

A number of collections of the cartoons have been published, by Robson Books and Harper Collins.[6]

Other cartoon strip work includes Writer's Block, published in the books section of The Times from 2005-6, and The Dealers, published in The Tatler from 1994-95.[7] He also illustrated the characters for the Baby Barista blog by fellow ex-barrister Tim Kevan.[8]

Animation[edit]

Design by Williams for the The Big Egg Hunt.

Williams was a barrister at 12 King's Bench Walk Chambers in London before leaving in 1996 to pursue a full-time career in film animation,[9] joining Warner Bros Feature Animation, where he was lead animator on the villain "Ruber", voiced by Gary Oldman. Williams gave the character a "nervous twitch", a "wrestler's strut" and "big hands with broken nails that look creepy on close-ups". [10]

His work as an animator includes Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), The Princess and the Cobbler (1993), The Lion King (1994), Quest for Camelot (1998), The Iron Giant (1999), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Piglet's Big Movie, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Robots (2005) and Open Season (2006).[2]

Williams has also worked on visual effects in Racing Stripes (2005), Monster House (2006), Underdog (2007), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Inkheart (2008), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Marmaduke (2010) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) [2]

He has contributed designs to Deckchair Dreams, a fundraising event organised by the Royal Parks Foundation in support of the London Royal Parks.[11] In 2012 he contributed a design for The Big Egg Hunt, a charity fundraiser billed as the world's largest ever Easter egg hunt.[12]

Teaching[edit]

He lives in London and teaches a Character animation course at Escape Studios[13]

In 2012 he founded an online animation school, Animation Apprentice.[14]

Published work[edit]

  • Queen's Counsel - A Libellous Look at The law, Robson Books, 1995
  • Queen's Counsel - Judgment Day, Robson Books, 1996
  • Queen's Counsel - Laying Down the Law, Times Books, 1997
  • The Times - Best of Queen's Counsel, Times Books, 1999
  • Lawyers Uncovered - Everything you always wanted to know but didn't want to pay £500 an hour to find out, JR Books, 2007
  • 101 Ways to Leave the Law, JR Books, September 2009
  • 101 Uses for a Useless Banker. JR books, September 2009 [15]
  • The Queen's Counsel Official Lawyers' Handbook, Robson Press October 2011[16]
  • The Queen's Counsel Lawyer's Omnibus, Law Brief Publishing, 1st October 2013[17]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mazurkewitch, p.234
  2. ^ a b c Williams at IMDB.com Retrieved June 2011
  3. ^ Queen's Counsel Official Website Retrieved June 2011
  4. ^ Interview at Flip magazine Retrieved June 2011
  5. ^ The Jester, Issue 463, p.17
  6. ^ Queen's Counsel at www.amazon.co.uk Retrieved June 2011
  7. ^ The Dealers at www.alex.williams.com Retrieved June 2011
  8. ^ Baby Barista Blog Retrieved June 2011
  9. ^ Interview with Williams at www.leavinglaw.com Retrieved June 2011
  10. ^ Mazurkewitch, p.255-6
  11. ^ Deckchair Dreams Retrieved September 2011
  12. ^ The Big Egg Hunt Official Website Retrieved March 2012
  13. ^ Escape Studios website Retrieved June 2011
  14. ^ Animation Apprentice Official Site Retrieved August 2012
  15. ^ Review of 101 Uses of a Useless Banker at City AM Retrieved June 2011
  16. ^ The Queen's Counsel Official Lawyers' Handbook at www.amazon.co.uk Retrieved September 2011
  17. ^ Law Brief Publishing Retrieved 5 October 2013

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