Alexander Williams (cartoonist)

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Alexander Williams (cartoonist)
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| birth_place =London| death_date =| death_place =| nationality =British| field = Animation, Cartoons| training = Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts| movement =Queens Counsel (comic strip)>Queens Counsel| patrons =| influenced by =| influenced =| awards =| website = Alex Williams AnimationQueen's Counsel CartoonsAnimation Apprentice}}Alexander "Alex" Williams (born 18 October 1967 in London) is an English film animator and cartoonist. He is the son of animator Richard Williams. He has worked on many animated films, and is the author of the Queens Counsel cartoon strip in The Times, for which he was awarded the Cartoon Art Trust Award for Strip Cartooning in October 2017.

Early life

Williams was born in London in 1967. He is the son of Canadian animator Richard Williams.Mazurkewitch, p.234 He played the voice of Tiny Tim in his father's 1971 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Anderson, Ross, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat, University Press of Mississippi (2019), p.86 He was educated at Westminster School, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and Merton College, Oxford.


In 1987 Williams was 20 years old and in his first year of studies at Oxford University when he started work as an in-betweener on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, working under animator Simon Wells and later as an assistant animator to Marc Gordon-Bates. The university agreed to his taking a suspension of studies for a year, to work on the film. The following year, in 1988, he joined the Disney-MGM Studio in Orlando, Florida, working on the short film RollerCoaster Rabbit. Anderson, Ross, Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat, University Press of Mississippi (2019), p.145


(File:Sir Geoffrey Bentwood QC.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Sir Geoffrey Bentwood QC, one of the Queen's Counsel characters) In 1993 Williams and Graham Francis Defries created the comic strip Queens Counsel, a satire on law and lawyers, published in the law pages of The Times newspaper, under the pseudonyms Steuart and Francis.Queen's Counsel Official Website Retrieved June 2011Interview at Flip magazine {{Webarchive|url= |date=20 March 2012 }} Retrieved June 2011 At the time, Williams and Defries were working as research assistants for Members of Parliament at the House of Commons.The Jester, Issue 463, p.17A number of collections of the cartoons have been published, by Robson Books and Harper Collins.Queen's Counsel at Retrieved June 2011Other 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.The Dealers at Retrieved June 2011 He also illustrated the characters for the Baby Barista blog by fellow ex-barrister Tim Kevan.Baby Barista Blog Retrieved June 2011


File:TheGreatEggscape 0005 LoRez.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Design by Williams for The Big Egg HuntThe Big Egg HuntWilliams 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,Interview with Williams at Retrieved June 2011 joining Warner Bros Feature Animation, where he was lead animator on the villain "Ruber", voiced by Gary Oldman, in Quest for Camelot. Williams gave the character a "nervous twitch", a "wrestler's strut" and "big hands with broken nails that look creepy on close-ups".Mazurkewitch, p.255-6His 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).Williams at Retrieved June 2011Williams 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)He has contributed designs to Deckchair Dreams, a fundraising event organised by the Royal Parks Foundation in support of the London Royal Parks.Deckchair Dreams {{webarchive|url= |date=30 March 2012 }} Retrieved September 2011 In 2012 he contributed a design for The Big Egg Hunt, a charity fundraiser billed as the world's largest ever Easter egg hunt.The Big Egg Hunt Official Website {{webarchive|url= |date=6 March 2012 }} Retrieved March 2012


He lives in London and teaches at various academies and studios including Escape Studios, however now tutors animation at Bucks New University in High Wycombe as a senior lecturer.Escape Studios website {{webarchive|url= |date=9 July 2011 }} Retrieved June 2011Bucks new Uni Website {{webarchive|url= |date=18 May 2015 }} Retrieved May 2015Williams has also founded the worlds first online based MA in animation at Buckinghamshire New University, beginning in September 2015.Bucks Online MA in Animation Retrieved May 2015Worlds first online MA in Animation Retrieved May 2015In 2012 he founded an online animation school, Animation Apprentice.Animation Apprentice Official Site Retrieved August 2012

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