Børge Ring is an internationally known Danish animator who has lived in the Netherlands since the early 1950s. Born in Ribe, he did his first steps in the animation field at the age of 13. By 1940, Ring was a jazz musician, guitarist and bass player. He was a member of Svend Asmussen's band and performed on recordings by Leo Mathisen and Pia Beck. He was a volunteer for Jørgen Müller's animation studio at Gutenberghus Reklame Film in Copenhagen in the late 1930s.
He opened his own animation studio with Bjørn Frank Jensen in the Hiort Lorentzensgade in Copenhagen in 1948 and together they worked on films like 'Grævlingen og harerne'. Together with Arne Rønde Christensen they eventually opened their company Ring, Frank & Rønde. The studios made several animations for advertising purposes, but had to close down in 1950-51 after which Ring returned to music.
He came to Amsterdam, Holland, and performed as a musician in the City Theater before landing a job with the Marten Toonder Studios in 1952. Ring stayed with the studios for 21 years and was one of the key animators together with his compatriots Bjørn Frank Jensen and Per Lygum. He married his colleague Joanika Zwart in 1971 and left he studios in 1973.
Fleurtje by Joannika and Borge Ring (Tina, 1974)
Although mainly an animator, he worked on comics in the 1970s and 1980s. For Sjors magazine, he drew 'Distel' in cooperation with his wife Joanika Ring (text by Lo Hartog van Banda and Patty Klein, 1970-74), as well as the slapstick series 'Kobus en Kachelmans' (scripts by Piet Hein Broenland, 1973-74). At the same time, they drew 'Fleurtje' for Tina, also with scripts by Klein. He also illustrated several stories starring Disney's 'Chip 'n' Dale' for the Dutch Donald Duck weekly from the 1980s until the early 1990s.
Ring has since worked on a great many animated feature films, commissioned films and animated shorts in Europe and Canada. He cooperated with Studio Idéfix on the animated 'Astérix' films of the 1970s. He is however best remembered for his independent short films 'Oh My Darling' (1978), 'Anna en Bella' (1986) and 'Run of the Mill' (1999), for which he not only did the animations but also performed the musical soundtrack. The first won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 1978 and the second an Academy Award Oscar in 1985.
In the late 1990s, he made the animation series 'Anton', based on his own early childhood memories. The series was broadcasted by the KRO in Holland and also became popular in Japan.