Big Cartoon Database reports that Emmy-winning Hanna-Barbera writer Barry Blitzer has passed away on January 27 in Santa Monica, California due to complications from abdominal surgery.
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David Levine, a painter and illustrator who drew caricatures of intellectuals, athletes, politicians and others for THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS for nearly half a century, has died, according to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
A variety of news outlets, including TMZ reported that actress Brittany Murphy died early Sunday morning after going into full cardiac arrest. She was declared dead on arrival after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. A cause of death has not been determined.
Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away today (12/16/09) at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California, following a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris XML Transfer, a new Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects.
More sneak preview footage from James Cameron's 3-D epic, AVATAR, will screen at the 2009 Tokyo Film Festival.
Graphic designer Heinz Edelmann, known best for his work art directing the Beatles' YELLOW SUBMARINE in 1968, has died at the age of 75, reports the AP.
Edelmann died Tuesday afternoon in a Stuttgart, Germany hospital according to a spokesperson for the city's State Academy of Art and Design. No cause of death was announced.
Edelmann also designed book covers, including the first German edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS and won a competition in 1989 to design the mascot of Seville's Expo '92 world fair.
Voice actor Dallas McKennon died Monday at the age of 89, just days shy of his 90th birthday.
His friend and mentee, Eugene Hamm, wrote an obituary for McKennon:
Richard F. O'Brion, 89, of Wyckoff, N.J., died on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Industry veterans affectionately knew him as "The Pope." He retired as an Executive Vice President for JVC Corporation of America, in charge of the company's entire U.S. operations, and was one of the key individuals in introducing the VHS format. He was also identified with the early days of Sony's broadcast and professional business. Dick also worked for Ampex and Allan Dumont Laboratories during his career.
Animation writer Antony Peters passed away last Sunday in New York, reports CARTOON BREW.
A veteran of Rankin-Bass classics like RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, WILLIE MCBEAN & HIS MAGIC MACHINE and TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ, Peters also wrote episodes of ROCKET ROBIN HOOD and Grantray-Lawrence's MARVEL SUPER HEROES in the 1960s. He was also a longtime ASIFA-East member and worked for many years on industrial and commercial films out of his New York-based studio Instant Miracles.
Wayne Allwine, a veteran Disney voiceover talent and Emmy Award-winning sound effects editor, who provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for the past 32 years, passed away on Monday (May 18) at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, from complications due to diabetes. He was 62-years-old. Allwine's wife of 20 years, Russi Taylor, who provides the voice of Minnie Mouse, was by his side at the time of his passing.
Filmmaker Giulio Gianini, a two-time Oscar nominee for his short animated films, died at the age of 82 this weekend in Rome.
LA GAZZA LADRA (THE THIEVING MAGPIE) (1965) and PULCINELLA (1972) were nominated in the Short Subject (Animated) category.
Prolific voice and comedic supporting actor Dom DeLuise has died at the age of 75 on Monday, reports CNN. His son's publicist Jay Schwartz did not disclose his cause of death, but DeLuise had been fighting cancer for more than a year.
Famous for his supporting roles in Mel Brooks films, including SPACEBALLS, SADDLES, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS and SILENT MOVIE, DeLuise lent his voice to 1980s animated features AN AMERICAN TAIL, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN and OLIVER & COMPANY as well as the sequels and TV versions.
Ken Annakin, a prolific director who helmed SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON and other Disney classics, died Wednesday in Beverly Hills, according to a THE LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary. He was 94.
British-born Annakin got his start in the early 1940s doing war documentaries and made nearly 50 films in his five-decade career. He suffered a stroke and a heart attack in February.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS co-creator Dave Arneson has passed away Tuesday, according to multiple news outlets.
Arneson and co-creator Gary Gygax developed the game now known as D&D starting in 1969, publishing it first in 1974.
WIRED reports that Arneson, 61, lost his battle with cancer, surrounded by his family in St. Paul, Minnesota. Gygax died about a year ago.
Jack Dunham, an animator at Disney starting with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, died a few weeks ago at the age of 98, reports CARTOON BREW.
Dunham worked at Universal on Oswald shorts before heading over to Disney in the mid-1930s, working as an inbetweener on SNOW WHITE. He moved into management and was a unit manager until 1947.
Dunham moved to Canada to work for the Associated Screen News in Montreal, later working in live action and animated commercials in Montreal and Toronto Canada.
Artist Ray Aragon, who worked in layout, production design and storyboarding at various studios, died on Sunday, March 15, reports CARTOON BREW. He has 83.
Millard Kaufman, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and the co-creator of Mr. Magoo, died in Los Angeles on Saturday at the age of 92, according to a LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary.
According to his son, Frederick Kaufman, Millard Kaufman died two days after his birthday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of heart failure.
Anyone who believes cartoons are just idle doodlings never met Rod Gilchrist.
For the past 11 years, Gilchrist was cheerleader, town crier and fan No. 1 of the provocative, wacky world of art embodied by SNOOPY, BIZARRO, IRON MAN and every other comic strip or book that made you laugh or shout with excitement.
Longtime Disney camera operator Robert Broughton has died at the age of 91, according to an obituary in the POST-BULLETIN in Rochester, Minnesota. Broughton passed away January 19 in a nursing home in Rochester.
In 1937, Broughton started his 45-year career with Walt Disney Studios, working as a camera operator, then supervisor of special photographic effects on almost every film the studio did from SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) to THE BLACK HOLE (1979). He was honored as a Disney legend in 2001.
News reports say producer Charles H. Schneer, who worked with Ray Harryhausen on many of his special effects epics, has died at the age of 88 in Boca Raton, Florida. Schneer passed away on Jan. 21.
Schneer got his start at Universal, then worked with Sam Katzman's B-picture unit at Columbia, where he met Harryhausen while the special effects creator was working on his giant octopus feature IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA.
Veteran actor Pat Hingle, best known as Commissioner James Gordon in the first four BATMAN films, died in North Carolina Saturday night at the age of 84, according to news reports. A spokeswoman for the family, cousin Lynn Heritage, said Hingle died of myelodysplasia, a type of blood cancer, at his home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina (per the LOS ANGELES TIMES).
Artist Edward D. Cartier, whose illustrations appeared in THE SHADOW and numerous other science fiction and mystery publications, has died in New Jersey at the age of 94, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS (via VARIETY).
Cartier died December 25 at his home in Ramsey, New Jersey, according to his son, Dean Cartier, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years.
Eartha Kitt, a singer, dancer, actress and voiceover artist, died Christmas Day in Connecticut, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS. She was 81. A family spokesman said she succumbed to colon cancer.
Kitt started as a dancer with the Katherine Dunham troupe, moving into acting and singing onstage, in movies and on television, landing the role of Catwoman on the BATMAN TV series in 1967 to 1968, replacing Julie Newmar.