Daily News Bytes: George Romero & Martin Landau Pass, Emoji Steamboat Willie, & More

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George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Creator, Dies at 77
The man who created the zombie zeitgeist which still permeates pop culture today has gone to rest, following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” The legendary director and producer touched the animation world with a guest role on Phineas and Ferb a few years back, voicing “Don Adaded” in the episode “Night of the Living Pharmacists.”

Martin Landau, Actor Who Won an Oscar for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89
The iconic and imposing performer won both Academy Award and Golden Globe best supporting actors for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s ode to B-movie history. The native New Yorker worked as a newspaper cartoonist and illustrator early on, and lent his voice to Burton’s Frankenweenie feature, Shane Acker’s 9, and “The Great Raymondo” on The Simpsons. Landau died Sunday in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Steamboat Willie as Told by Emoji
Disney toasts World Emoji Day (7/17) by bringing a classic cartoon into the modern age in its latest texting tech-inspired toon. Mickey Mouse debuted in Steamboat Willie 89 years ago.

‘Rick and Morty’ Exquisite Corpse Animation Released
Adult Swim keeps treating us to bonus schwiftyness in advance of the season 3 premiere (July 30, 11:30 p.m. ET). This build-a-short project was overseen by director Matt Taylor of Titmouse and features music by Run The Jewels.

Drawing Their Own Path: 4 Latinos in TV Animation on How They Broke into the Industry
Remezcla catches us up on Disney’s Latinos in TV Animation panel at the NALIP media summit, comprised of Francisco Angones (Co-Producer and Story Editor, DuckTales), Pilar Flynn (Producer, Elena of Avalor), Illya Owens (Lead Editor, Mickey Mouse), Jose Zelaya (Character Designer, Mickey and the Roadster Racers and The Lion Guard), and moderator Silvia Olivas (Co-Executive Producer and Story Editor, Elena of Avalor).

George A. Romero / Martin Landau

George A. Romero / Martin Landau