The Art Department Eindhoven 2024

As one of the creators that crafted puppets for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie and Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winning Pinocchio for Netflix, Ian Mackinnon is a seasoned creative director with a spectacular skill in bringing to life some of the best known and much loved animated and stop motion characters.

We are beyond excited to have him part of The Art Department 2024 festival in Eindhoven!

Ian Mackinnon is one of the creative directors and co-founders of Mackinnon & Saunders, the world-renowned leaders in character development for animation and producers of high-quality stop motion and 2D digital animation. For over 30 years the team at Mackinnon & Saunders have have created iconic animated characters for movies, TV series, commercials, and short films.


The Mackinnon & Saunders studio produce the animation for countless projects, including Postman Pat, Wanda and the Alien, Twirlywoos, Moon & Me, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, and most recently the Netflix dark 90 minute stop motion anthology The House, The Sound Collector and Mixmups for Ch5 Milkshake.

During The Art Department Eindhoven, Ian will be sharing his spectacular journey of more than 30 years in the world of stop motion!