Eli Noyes
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Eli Noyes

Eli Noyes (born October 18, 1942 in Amherst, Massachusetts) is an American animator[1] most noted for his stop animation work using clay and sand.

Early life

Eliot Fette Noyes, Jr. was born the son of noted "Harvard Five" architect Eliot Noyes and his wife, interior designer Molly Duncan Weed Noyes. He is the brother of Fred Noyes. He graduated from Harvard University in 1964.[2]


In 1964,[3] Noyes created the animated film Clay or Origin of the Species [4] which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[5] The film is considered one of the earliest examples of clay stop-animation[6] and is cited by Wallace and Gromit creators, Peter Lord and David Sproxton as a large influence on their work.[7]

Noyes is also noted for his creation of the Sand Alphabet for Sesame Street and the Nickelodeon children's television series, Eureeka's Castle. In 2003, Noyes cofounded the animation production studio Alligator Planet with Ralph Guggenheim and Alan Buder. Noyes directed animation sequences for two films which were shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Under Our Skin and The Most Dangerous Man in America, a final nominee.



  1. ^ Laybourne, Kit (1998). The animation book: a complete guide to animated filmmaking--from flip-books to sound cartoons to 3-D animation. Three Rivers Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-517-88602-1.
  2. ^ Ireland, Corydon (February 9, 2010). "'Frame by Frame'". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Oddball Films: Stop-Motion Explosion III - Thur. Aug 15 - 8PM
  4. ^ Oddball Films: Metamorphic Cinema: Meditations on Transformation - Thur. May 12th - 8PM
  5. ^ Short Film Winners: 1966 Oscars
  6. ^ Gardner, Robert (207). "Exhibition Showcases Animated Films from Harvard's Long History with the Practice". artdaily.org. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Debruge, Peter (June 7, 2016). "At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric". Variety.
  8. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award - 1965 -". cartoonresearch.com.
  9. ^ Clay (or the Origin of Species) on Internet Archive
  10. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1973 -". cartoonresearch.com.

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