Animation Veteran Rusty Mills Dies at 49


The animation community is deeply saddened by the death of Rusty Mills (Russell P. Mills) of colon cancer at 49 this past weekend. Mills, a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, was best known for his work as a director on Warner Bros. Animation’s shows such as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain. Among his many TV credits are Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, Tiny Toon Adventures, Garfield’s Thanksgiving, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, The Replacements, Pink Panther & Pals and last year’s A Very Pink Christmas TV movie.

Throughout his career, he received a primetime Emmy and four Daytime Emmys and eight Emmy nominations.

According to The Animation Guild, Rusty is survived by his wife, Andrea and their 15-year-old son Evan. Please visit their fundraising blog at and help them out during this difficult time.

Rusty Mills

Rusty Mills