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I have a pet theory. It goes like this...

Animators are taller than the general public.

Ridiculous you say? Look around you. How many animators you know, are over six feet tall. How many are much taller. Now average their heights, and I think you will discover, animators are taller than the general public.

Milt Kahl was six foot four. I rest my case.

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I'm 5 foot 11.

oops... i'm not an animator


So far your theory is flawless.

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Darn, I thought I was an animator. [Frown]
If I calculated this correctly, six feet is two meters, and I'm one meter and eighty centimeters.

Well, maybe it's because I'm still in school.

Tekenen is schrijven en spreken tegelijk.

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I'm 6'6" (198 centimeters), so if you take your height and add my height, then devide by 2...

198 + 180 = 370 devide by 2 = 185 centimeters (72.84 inches)6'1"!!

My theory is still uncontested!

These are the average heights of non-animators.

Non-animator Male
5 feet 9.1 inches (175.5 centimeters)

Non-animator female
5' 3.7 (162 centimeters)

You're tall enough to be an animator, since you're well above average.

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Rupert Piston
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I'm a high school teacher, but have been diving into animation on my own in the last year (with some fantasy of jumping ship out of education at some point)

I'm 6'-5"

What d'you reckon is the connection?

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Dan P.
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I'm 5'11" and 1/2

And I still feel short when walking around the studios. Therefore I agree, animators are freakishly tall. My theory is that sitting for long periods of time allows the body to reach maximum heights.

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HAH! Animators tend to be 5'9 or 5'11 in my experience (I prefer 6'2). Most guys in LA( not counting the street kids) hit a glass ceiling height at 5'11.

Up here in the Bay Area though , there's a lot of Germann stock which means a lot of nice 6'2ers.

Life is good....

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I stand 5' 17". Does that count?


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Ah. That explains why my animation suck.
I am not tall enough.

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Why,shame on you Papercut.. [Wink]
Your theory eliminates most female animators... I only know of one or two over six feet tall... and ya'd better not mess with'em! They're lookin' for ya! [funny]

I am not young enough to know everything- Oscar Wilde

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6'2" I think... (188cm) Interesting theory [biggrin]
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6'1"... yeah baby... Just right for animating.

But unfortunantly I havn't animated in years.

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Your theory eliminates most female animators
Sorry Bronnie, my theory actually does take into consideration female animators.The confusion comes from my snappy thread heading. It's not really about being six feet tall, it's about being taller than the general public.

So if you're well above the average female height of 5'4", you too can be an animator. [Wink]

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I'm 5'9"... [Smile] but most animation guys are taller then me!
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5' 1" *hangs head in shame*
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Lucien Hoare
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6' 3" here! Blimey! Is this theory true?

Wasn't Grim Natwick very tall as well?


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I hate to contribute to such a non-discussion, but I've only met a couple of animators over 6 feet. Where are you guys hanging out and who are you defining as animators?
Deja and Keene? Both under 6 feet (I do believe- though Keene might be close).The nine old men? I think Thomas might've been the only really tall one (though I'm sure he's well under 6 feet now).
Name some names that prove this theory...and I mean names of KNOWN animators. Don't just say "I'm over 6 feet" Are you ananimator or are we widening the definition of animator again and calling anyone in the biz an animator?
I can off the top of my head think of Nibbelink. I think Steph G (a cg animator?) is over 6 feet, but I might be wrong.
The newsworthy Eddie Goral is over 6 feet tall (if I remember right), but he wasn't an animator. He was an inbetweener/cleanup artist).
Or are you talking about 'hollywood' tall? Like Tom cruise and Ahnold "being tall" until you meet them and discover that they're both closer to 5' 7" (or shorter) and just have really big heads.


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Thanks for contributing to my non-discussion. Of course if we use the same impecable reasoning as your "animator" arguement. This is a discussion. After all, we have several people engaging in a conversation about a given topic. It's also animation related.

And to be completely accurate, my theory is...

"Animators are taller than the general public."

So in fact, male animators only need to be taller than 5'9". And if you really want to get technical about it, some animators could be shorter than 5"9", because my theory is based on an average height.

I think my thread heading is a bit misleading. It's not that an animator has to six feet tall, it's that there are many that are, and this brings the average taller than the general public.

But it's only a theory. I'm still collecting data. [Wink]

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so for the data records i am 1.79m that would be 5'8"? (oh i hate converting metric int imperial).
and yes i do like these topics [Big Grin]


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When do we get into weights (stone vs kg) that could be interesting [Wink]


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