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Legendary Producer Jon Landau Passes at 63

The Oscar-winning producer of  the hugely successful 'Titanic' and the 'Avatar' film franchise and longtime producing partner to James Cameron at Lightstorm Entertainment passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. 

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Disney Imagineering Consultant and Artist Dan Goozee Passes at 80

The creative, also known for his movie poster art and production illustrations on shows like ‘Battle for the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ died of an age-related condition on April 7.

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Henson Creature Shop Innovator David Barrington Holt Passes at 79

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 8:59am

The long-time leader of The Jim Henson Company’s first Creature Shop in Los Angeles, whose pioneering work included development of the ground-breaking Henson Performance Control System that revolutionized computer-driven puppetry, died of cancer on March 13.

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Animation, Film, and Media Creator Eli Noyes Dies at 81

The multi-talented artist’s innovative 1964 student Oscar nominated clay animation film ‘Clay, or the Origin of Species’ remains a classic of stop-motion filmmaking.

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‘Dragon Ball’ Creator Akira Toriyama Passes at 68

The internationally beloved artist, who left a permanent mark on the manga and anime industry after a legendary career spanning over 45 years, passed away on March 1 of an acute subdural hematoma.

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‘The Backyardigans’ Creator Janice Burgess Passes at 72

The long-time Nickelodeon creative executive began her career in craft services before joining the network, eventually overseeing Nick Jr. shows such as ‘Blue’s Clues’ and ‘Gullah Gullah Island;’ her development and writing work included ‘Winx Club and’ ‘Bubble Guppies.’

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Famed Character Sculptor Kent Melton Passes at 68

Known for his work on multiple high profile animated films including ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ and ‘Coraline,’ the artist dies last Thursday from Lewy body dementia.

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Japanese Manga Artist Ashihara Hinako Passes at 50

Shortly before her death, the artist and author of ‘Sexy Tanaka-san’ was involved in a minor social media feud with Aizawa Tomoko, writer of the Nippon Television live-action adaptation of the work, with the artist claiming Tomoko was allowed to stray too far from the source material; fans now blame NTV for failing the deceased creative.

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Stop Motion Animator and Director Mark Gustafson Passes at 63

The Oscar, Annie, Emmy, and BAFTA-winning creative, known for his work on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,’ ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ ‘Meet the Raisins,’ and many other stop-motion projects, has died of a heart attack.

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‘Coco’ Voice Actress Ana Ofelia Murguía Passes at 90

The illustrious Mexican actress, who lent her voice to Mamá Coco in the Oscar-winning 2017 Pixar musical comedy, appeared in more than 100 projects, most notably ‘The Queen of the Night’ (1995), ‘Mi Querido Tom Mix’ (1992), and ‘Life Sentence’ (1979), and was awarded the Golden Ariel special lifetime achievement award in 2011.

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Comedy and TV Legend Norman Lear Passes at 101

Known for his early ‘70s sitcoms, including ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Sanford and Son,’ the famed creative contributed his talents to numerous hit shows and films, both live-action and animated, until his last days. 

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‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’ VFX Artist Marc Thorpe Passes at 77

The artist, also known for his competition show ‘Robot Wars,’ passed away November 24 of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease, shared his daughter Megan Feffer on Facebook. 

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Remington Chase, Accused BASE FX Fraudster, Dies in U.K.

Suspected of swindling investors of the Beijing-based VFX and animation company, as well as Knightsbridge Entertainment, out of at least $234 million, the former producer died of liver failure on July 31 in Blackpool, with his alleged co-conspirator still at large.

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Harley Quinn Voice Actress Arleen Sorkin Passes at 67

Also known for her role as Calliope Jones on ‘Days of Our Lives,’ Sorkin was the original inspiration for the maniacal blonde villain and lent her voice to the character in ‘Batman: The Animated Series,’ video games, animated films, and multiple other series. 

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Art Director Nizo Yamamoto Passes Away at 70

The acclaimed anime creative worked on many Studio Ghibli films, including ‘Princess Mononoke’ and ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ and was known for his grand cloud vistas, called ‘Nizō-gumo’ or ‘Nizō Clouds.’

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Remembering the Fabulous, Witty, and Norm-Breaking Paul Bush

The British experimental short filmmaker, known for his early scratch frame films ‘His Comedy’ and ‘The Albatross’ as well as his single frame works like ‘Five Minute Museum,’ was killed in a motorcycle accident in Wales last Thursday.

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Paul Reubens of ‘Pee-wee Herman’ Fame Dies at 70

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 31, 2023 at 1:50pm

The noted comedian, writer, producer, voice artist, and actor, best known for his ground-breaking kids’ show, ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ and films including Tim Burton classics ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ passed away July 30 from cancer.

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