Published on Sep 12, 2015
Early in his career, Roman was an animator for Chuck Jones's independent studios, Sib Tower 12 Productions and later Chuck Jones Productions. He was a lead animator for 1966's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and also provided an audio commentary along with June Foray on the DVD release of the film.
The animation studio he founded, Film Roman, is best known for producing the animation for The Simpsons and King of the Hill for 20th Century Fox and MTV, as well as the Garfield and Peanuts animated television specials.
Roman directed the 1992 feature-length cartoon Tom and Jerry: The Movie. He was the director of a few Peanuts specials, as well as director or co-director of twelve of the thirteen prime-time Garfield television specials from 1982 to 1991, and was producer of the final Garfield special, Garfield Gets a Life.