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Award-Winning Composer Michael Brennan Dies at 47

Renowned for his work in film and theater, he composed soundtracks for all five of Nicolás P. Villarreal’s animated short films, and served as musical director for Broadway tours including ‘Victor/Victoria,’ ‘Cinderella’ and Disney's ‘The Lion King’ and worked on several Las Vegas spectaculars such as ‘Mamma Mia!,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ and ‘Le Reve.’

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Famed Historian Giannalberto Bendazzi Passes at 75

The prolific author of more than 30 books, including must-haves ‘Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation’ and the three-volume ‘Animation – A World History’ passed away on Monday, December 13.

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Legendary NFB Pinscreen Animator Jacques Drouin Dies at 78

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 30, 2021 at 3:46pm

For more than 30 years, the filmmaker and editor championed use of the unique, legendary animation tool; for years, he was the only person in the world using it to animate, a skill pioneered by famed Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, in turn passed on by Drouin to filmmaker Michèle Lemieux.

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Seven-Time Emmy Award-Winning Actor Ed Asner Dies at 91

The prolific actor, best known for his role as Lou Grant in ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ also voiced scores of animated characters including the beloved, curmudgeonly Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Oscar-winning feature, ‘Up.’

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HBO Max Delays ‘The Prince’ Following Prince Philip’s Death

Gary Janetti’s satirical animated series that follows a sassy Prince George and his British royal family is respectfully put on hold, as the series depicts the Queen’s late husband in an unflattering light.

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Kunie Tanaka, Inspiration for Admiral Kizaru of ‘One Piece,’ Dies at 88

The beloved actor will be remembered through his memorable work in ‘Battles Without Honor,’ ‘Humanity,’ and ‘Kita no kuni kar’ (From the Northern Country), which ran on Japanese television for 20 years.

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‘Archer’ Actress Jessica Walter Dies at 80

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:09pm

The voice of Malory Archer, the FXX hit show’s acerbic, biting, and hilariously strident spymaster, also known for her work as matriarch Lucille Bluth on ‘Arrested Development,’ passes away at her New York home.

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Mercury Filmworks Establishes ‘Kevin Kocvar Editing Award’

Created to honor the studio’s late employee, an alumnus of Algonquin College, the $5,000 annual gift will reward a Film and Media Production program graduate with passion for excellence in editing matched by leadership, mentoring, kindness, and desire to learn and grow in the editorial field.

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‘F Is for Family’ Writer and Voice Actor Marc Edward Wilmore Dies at 57

Widely known for his work on Bill Burr’s animated series, he is also remembered for his contributions to ‘The Simpsons,’ for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award, and the stop-motion animated series ‘The PJs.’

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Terrytoons and Hanna-Barbera Animator Doug Crane Dies at 85

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:56am

The veteran cartoonist, animator, and teacher’s career spanned 65 years and included stops at a number of well-known studios as well as New York’s School of Visual Arts.

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Disney Honors Chadwick Boseman’s Birthday in Touching Tribute

In celebration of the late actor’s 44th birthday, the studio has replaced the Marvel opening on ‘Black Panther’ with a montage featuring his most memorable moments from the MCU films.

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‘Scooby-Doo’ Co-Creator Ken Spears Dies at 82

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:55pm

Prolific writer and producer will be remembered, along with co-creator and production partner Joe Ruby, for their many Saturday morning animated series including ‘Dynomutt,’ ‘Dog Wonder,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ and ‘Superman.’

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Famed ‘Kikoriki’ Creator and Producer Anatoly Prokhorov Passes at 72

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:49am

The influential co-founder of both Pilot and Petersburg Animation Studio and a guiding creative force in Russian independent animation died this past Sunday from Leukemia.

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‘Scooby-Doo’ Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dies at 87

Prolific animator, writer and producer will be remembered for his many iconic animated series including ‘Dynomutt,’ ‘Dog Wonder,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ and ‘Superman.’

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Kelly Asbury, ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Director, Dies at 60

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:40pm

The CalArts alum and well-respected animation veteran spent almost 40 years as a writer, story artist, and designer on some of the industry's most successful shows. 

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‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Rick and Morty’ Producer J. Michael Mendel Dies at 54

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11:13am

Four-time Emmy Award-winning producer passes away in his sleep Sunday evening at his Studio City, California home.

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