Bob Gardiner (animator)

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Bob Gardiner
Born James Robbins Gardiner
(1951-03-19)March 19, 1951
Torrance, California
Died April 21, 2005(2005-04-21) (aged 54)
Grass Valley, California

James Robbins "Bob" Gardiner (March 19, 1951 – April 21, 2005) was a multi-talented artist, painter, cartoonist, animator, holographer, musician, storyteller and comedy writer,[1] [2] who invented the stop-motion 3-D clay animation technique that Will Vinton would later market as Claymation. Bob preferred the term Sculptimation for his frame-by-frame method of sculpting plasticine clay characters and sets; his partner, Will Vinton, operated the camera.[citation needed] Gardiner and Vinton won the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1975 for Closed Mondays (1974).

Bob Gardiner was born in Torrance, California and died in Grass Valley, California.


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