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Animation Director Margaret Nichols Dies at 82
Veteran animator and director Margaret Nichols has passed away at the age of 82, reports Big Cartoon Database. The former executive board member of The Animation Guild from 1980 to 1985, died on November 5.
Nichols worked at a wide range of animation studios including Warner Bros., Disney, UPA, Fleischer, Snowball, Patin, TV Spots, Creston, Eagle, Hanna-Barbera, Marvel, Universal and Graz Entertainment, from 1955 until 1993.
Also known as Margaret Flores Nichols and Margaret Grewell, Nichols directed TV projects such as Transformers (1985–86); The Glo Friends, Potato Head Kids, InHumanoids and Moon Dreamers (all 1986); My Little Pony ‘n Friends (1986–87); and Fraggle Rock (1987).
She was also an animation director for the series Muppet Babies (1985–88), Defenders of the Earth (1986), Spacecats and Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Wars! (both 1991), Tom & Jerry Kids Show and The Addams Family (both 1992), The Pirates of Dark Water (1992–93), and Droopy: Master Detective (1993). In addtion, she was animation director of the TV movies Solarman (1986), Pryde of the X-Men (1989) and I Yabba Dabba Do! (1993), along with the 1986 theatrical films The Transformers: The Movie and My Little Pony: The Movie and the 1987 video G.I. Joe: The Movie.
As an animator, Nichols worked on the series The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971); The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972); Jeannie and Speed Buggy (both 1973); These Are the Days and Partridge Family 2200 AD (both 1974); The New Tom & Jerry Show (1975); The Mumbly Cartoon Show and The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (both 1976); The All-New Super Friends Hour and C B Bears (both 1977); Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics (1977–78); Jana of the Jungle, Challenge of the SuperFriends and Dynomutt Dog Wonder (all 1978); Godzilla (1978–79); The World’s Greatest Super Friends, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and Casper and the Angels (1979); Trollkins and The Kwicky Koala Show (both 1981); Smurfs (1981–84); Jokebook, Shirt Tales and Pac-Man (all 1982); and The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (both 1983).
Nichols got her first screen credit as layout artist for the 1970 TV movie Uncle Sam Magoo. She was also background and layout artist for the 1971 musical film Shinbone Alley. She worked as key assistant animator on the 1973 feature Charlotte’s Web and was assistant animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Disney’s Oliver & Company in 1988. Nichols was a key cleanup artist for the movie The Black Cauldron (1985), and a character key for The Little Mermaid (1989) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990).