20 April 2024
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Eli Noyes, Animator Who Turned Clay and Sand Into Artwork, Dies at 81

Eliot Fette Noyes Jr. was born on Oct. 18, 1942, in Alexandria, Va., and grew up in New Canaan, Conn. His father was a outstanding industrial designer and architect whose designs included the IBM Selectric typewriter and round gas pumps for Mobil. His mom, Mary (Weed) Noyes, generally known as Molly, was an architect and inside designer.

Mr. Noyes acquired a bachelor’s diploma in English literature from Harvard in 1964. He then enrolled within the faculty’s graduate program in structure, however left after a 12 months. “I feel he realized that following within the footsteps of his father was an awesome concept,” his spouse mentioned in an interview.

He moved to California briefly earlier than relocating to New York Metropolis to start his profession within the movie business. Whereas engaged on his animated films, he additionally made academic packages for kids and directed or a number of documentaries with Claudia Weill, together with “This Is the Dwelling of Mrs. Levant Graham” (1970), a couple of poor Black household in Washington.

“As Noyes and Miss Weill perceive it, her heat, comfortable, sloppy, extremely overpopulated condo is a type of crowded paradise for film making,” Roger Greenspun wrote within the Occasions. “Loads occurs in entrance of their digicam, and so they know methods to let it occur, and so for them a world comes alive.”

In 1991, Mr. Noyes and his household moved to San Francisco, the place he labored on animation tasks at Pixar and Disney Channel and was later the artistic director on the Oxygen Community. In 2003, he based a manufacturing firm, Alligator Planet, with Ralph Guggenheim, one of many producers of “Toy Story” (1995).