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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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3 Time Oscar-Winning Animator Richard Williams Dies at 86

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 12:23pm

Legendary animation director, artist, teacher and mentor best known for ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ and ‘The Animators Survival Kit,’ passes away at his home in Bristol, England.

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Russi Taylor, Voice of Minnie Mouse, Dies at 75

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:43am

The Disney Legend lent her voice talents to hundreds of Disney film, TV and theme park projects as well as characters on ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Babe.’

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Beautiful Maladies – The Uncanny World of Rosto

Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson shares a previously unpublished 2015 Pimpcast interview with the iconic Dutch musician and director, who passed away at 50 on March 7.

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Disney Animation Archive Founder Dave Smith Passes at 78

Named a Disney Legend in 2007, chief archivist dedicated his four-decade career at the studio to preserving Disney’s precious treasures from film, television, theme parks and beyond.

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