Vincent Cafarelli, the founder of Buzzco Associates, has died, reports Michael Sporn. He was 81.
Cafarelli began his animation career working for Famous Studios on Popeye, Little Audrey and Baby Huey cartoons. Throughout the 1950s, he animated for commercials via Gifford Animation and Stars and Stripes Forever, Inc.
After Stars and Stripes, he founded Perpetual Motion Pictures, which became Buzzco Associates, with Candy Kugel as co-creative director and Marilyn Kraemer as exec producer. Their work included the famed "I Want My MTV" campaign and the "Top of the Hour" network ID for MTV. For SESAME STREET, they produced the "Jake the Snake" (1988), "It’s Hip to Be a Square" (1989) and "Redwood Tree" (1988) sequences. There he served as the animation director on STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE IN BIG APPLE CITY and animated on the BERENSTAIN BEARS holiday specials. His short films included A WARM RECEPTION IN L.A., SNOWIE AND THE SEVEN DORPS, FAST FOOD MATADOR, THE BALLAD OF ARCHIE FOLEY, KNITWITS, NOTHING AT ALL and COMMAND Z.
Check out a gallery of his artwork on The AWN Showcase at http://showcase.awn.com/showgallery.php?cat=594.