János Kass (December 26, 1927 –
March 29, 2010) was a Hungarian illustrator, printmaker, graphic designer, postage stamp designer,
animated film director and teacher. Born in Szeged, he was the storyboard artist for the first fully digital animated film and died March 29
Beginning his artistic studies at the Applied Art Academy, Kass finished in 1951 at the Academy of Fine Arts, a student of Gyula Hincz,
György Kádár and György Konecsni. From 1956 to 1959 he held the Derkovits scholarship.
From 1961 to 1962, he was assistant professor at the Book-Art Academy in Leipzig, Germany.
Kass regularly took part in every major national exhibition at home and abroad. He had one-man shows in Italy (1963), Australia (1970) and
Switzerland (1976). He participated in the Venice Biennial (1960), the Youth Biennial in Paris (1961), and Biennials in Lugano, Tokyo,
Ljubljana, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, along with "Intergrafik" exhibitions in Berlin.
He made many friends within the British graphic art fraternity while spending some months in London during 1980, working on one of the
earliest, fully digitised computer-animated films, Dilemma, with John Halas.
He had already won recognition with his illustrations and
book designs. At the 1973 Leipzig book fair, his work was awarded the title of best illustrated book at the fair. This accolade was
repeated at the Frankfurt fair in 1999.
The 11-minute Dilemma (1981 Film) was nominated at that year's Cannes Film Festival for the Golden Palm for Best Short Film, and is
considered the first fully digital animated film. Kass was also a background artist for the "So Beautiful and So Dangerous" segment
of Ivan Reitman Productions' 1981 animated feature film Heavy Metal.
Kass' drawings, etchings and silk-screen prints were exhibited in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in 1989 and in 1990 at London
Olympia. He later held a one-man show in Edinburgh.