John David Wilson

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John David Wilson
Born (1919-07-08)8 July 1919
Wimbledon, London, England
Died 20 June 2013(2013-06-20) (aged 93)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Nationality English
Occupation Animator

John David Wilson (8 August 1919 – 20 June 2013) was an English artist, animator and producer. He owned his own production studio, Fine Arts Films.[1]

Early years[edit]

Wilson was born August 8, 1919 in Wimbledon, England. He was educated at the Watford Grammar School for Boys, Harrow Art School and the Royal College of Art; among his teachers was Robin Darwin.[2]

World War II[edit]

During World War II, Wilson served with the London Rifle Brigade. He was badly wounded in the African Campaign in 1941; while recuperating in Cairo he spent time drawing cartoons. Some of these were brought to the attention of a printer in Durban who offered him a job; due to the seriousness of his injury he was discharged from the army and accepted the job.[2]


He died at Blackpool, England in 2013. In his last years he had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.[3][4]







Notable mentions[edit]

  • Considered the father of the conceptual music video
  • Innovated the use of caricatures of voice talent in animation


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