*Birth:* February 9, 1953 San Francisco *Death:* August 11th, 2014 in Oregon
Director, Producer, Animator, Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, and Writer
Born in San Francisco in 1953, Holzman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art at Mills College in 1975. Holzman won the Regional Student Academy Award at Rice University in 1976. After winning her award, she attended California Institute of Arts where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Graphics. Holzman moved to Oregon in 2003 and became the Animation Department Chair at the Art Institute of Portland. In 2010, Holzman joined the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Animation Program Director. Holzman worked on such series as *Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Glo Friends*, *Smurfs*, *DuckTales*, *Muppet Babies*, *Adventures of the Gummi Bears*, *Darkwing Duck*, *Garfield and Friends*, *Baby Blues* and *The Zeta Project* during her 30-year career. She is most well known for her work on* Animaniacs, DuckTales, Pinky and the Brain, *and *Smurfs. *Holzman has been nominated for six Emmy awards, and won three times, once for producing of *Pinky and the Brain* and twice for directing *Animaniacs*. Holzman also received an Emmy nomination as a writer for *Animaniacs* and an Annie Award nomination for her direction of *Animaniacs*. She had breast cancer twice and had a bone marrow transplant in 1995. She died on August 11th, 2014 in Oregon.
Holzman was born on February 9th, 1953 in San Francisco, California. She moved around growing up; she went to, “five different Elementary schools, two different Junior Highs and two different High schools in five different states.” (Holzman, Animation Insider 2013) She used to amuse herself by constantly drawing and reading. She began in the industry by becoming a layout artist for Alvin and the Chipmunks in 1984.
In her early education, Holzman moved from school to school be kept her drawing and artwork consistent. Holzman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art at Mills College in 1975. Holzman won the Regional Student Academy Award at Rice University in 1976. After winning her award, she attended California Institute of Arts where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Graphics. Holzman moved to Oregon in 2003 and became the Animation Department Chair at the Art Institute of Portland. In 2010, Holzman joined the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as Animation Program Director.
*Career Outline: *
Holzman began as a layout artist for *Alvin and the Chipmunks*. She then became a storyboard director for *DuckTales *for a few years*. *In the late 90’s, Holzman became very involved in the production and storyboarding of the *Animaniacs* where she was nominated for four Emmy awards for her role in *Animaniacs, *and she won two for Storyboard directing and producing.
*Comments on Style:*
Holzman’s style is very fun and energetic. I have always enjoyed watching *Animaniacs *as a kid and I was a huge fan of *DuckTales *and *Pinky and the Brain. *From an art perspective, she leans towards organic shapes and cute animals with big eyes. She was a very good painter and landscape artist. She was known for the earthy tones and intricate details. She was an exceptional story director and artist, creating timeless episodes and characters.
Holzman was a painter throughout her career and was very well known for her landscapes. In the few interviews she had, she mentioned that painters were a big influence for her. She also enjoyed working creatively with artists and writers and like-minded people.
Unfortunately, Holzman passed away mid-August in 2014, and I was unable to contact any of her colleagues or family members. If I did contact them, they either did not know who she was, or were unable to be contacted.
- 1984 “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (Layout Artist)
- 1986 “The Glo Friends” (Storyboard Designer)
- 1987 “Little Clowns of Happytown” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1987 “DuckTales: Treasure of the Golden Suns” (Storyboard Designer)
- 1987-1988 “DuckTales” (Storyboard Designer)
- 1987-1988 “Muppet Babies” (Storyboard Director)
- 1988-1991 “Adventures of Gummi Bears” (Character Designer and Storyboard Artist)
- 1989 “DuckTales” (Model Designer)
- 1989 “Little Nemo: Adventures with Slumberland” (Artist)
- 1991 “TaleSpin” Storyboard Artist)
- 1991 “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (Storyboard Revisions)
- 1992-1993 “Goof Troop” (Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, Prop
Designer, Storyboard Revisions)
- 1993 “Esther” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1993 “Garfield and Friends” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1993 “Bonkers” (Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, Prop Designer,
- 1993-1996 “Animaniacs” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1994 “Tiny Toons’ Spring Break” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1995 “Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1995-1996 “Pinky and the Brain” (Storyboard Artist)
- 1996-1998 “Animaniacs” (Producer)
- 1997 “Animaniacs” (Model and Prop Designer)
- 1998 “Animaniacs” (Writer)
- 1998 “Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain” (Producer and Writer)
- 1999 “Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish” (Producer)
- 2000-2002 “Baby Blues” (Animation Producer and Writer)
- 2001 “The Zeta Project” (Producer)
- 2002 “A Baby Blues Christmas Special” (Producer)
- 2007 “Curious George” (Storyboard Artist)
- 2007 “They Can't Help it If They're Cute, They're Just Drawn That Way” (Self)
*Related Links/* *Works Cited**:*
Barnes, Mike. "Liz Holzman Dead: Emmy-Winning Animator Was 61." *The Hollywood Reporter*. The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Aug. 2014. Web.
"Elizabeth E. Holzman's Obituary on Los Angeles Times." *Los Angeles Times*. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2014. Web.
Houchins, Eddy. "Liz Holzman." *Animation Insider*. Animation Insider, 04 Jan. 2013. Web.
Konda, Kelly. "Trying to Take Over the World: R.I.P. Liz Holzman, Animaniacs and Pinky & The Brain Producer." *We Minored In Film*. We Minored In Film, 22 Aug. 2014. Web.
"Liz Holzman." *IMDb*. IMDb.com, n.d. Web.
"Liz Holzman." *New York Times*. New York Times, n.d. Web.
McLean, Tom. "Award-winning Animator Liz Holzman Dies." *Animation Magazine RSS*. Animation Magazine, 21 Aug. 2014. Web.
Schlossberg, Mallory. "Liz Holzman, Animator of 'Animaniacs' & More of Your Favorite '90s Cartoons, Has Died." *Bustle*. Bustle, 21 Aug. 2014. Web.
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