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Dušan Vukotić (1927, Bileća, Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1998, Krapinske Toplice, Croatia) was a Croatian and Montenegrin cartoonist, author and director of animated films.

Vukotić posing with the Academy Award

He is the best known member of the Zagreb school of animated films. He won many prizes, including an Oscar for best animated short in 1961 for Surogat ("Ersatz"), being the first foreigner to do so. Another of his films, Igra ("The Game"), was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964.

He was one of the founding members of Zagreb Film and had worked there for over four decades. He was a member of Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts.

After 1960s, he rarely made short animated films, making three full-length movies - fantasy tale for children Sedmi kontinent ("The Seventh Continent", 1966), action movie Akcija Stadion ("Operation Stadium") about the resistance of the Zagreb students to the Ustaša regime in 1941, and science fiction/horror parody Gosti iz galaksije ("Visitors from the Galaxy of Arkana", 1981). In time of death Vukotic was preparing the production of his new science fiction movie, co-written by the Croatian science fiction writer Aleksandar Ziljak. He also was teaching film directing at Zagreb Academy for Dramatic Art since the founding of its Film department in 1967 up to his retirement in early 1990s.

Vukotić died in Krapinske Toplice (town near Zagreb known for its health and wellness tourism and sanatoriums), at the age of 71.

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