‘Space Jam’ Producer Tippe Dies at 63

Ron Tippe
Ron Tippe

Longtime animation producer Ron Tippe, whose credits include Space Jam and the short Runaway Brain, died Aug. 1 after a lengthy bout with brain cancer. He was 63.

Tippe’s career in animation began in 1994, when he produced the Oscar-winning Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain. He also managed Disney Animation’s studio in Paris.

He went on to produce the animation for the hybrid feature Space Jam at Warner Bros. and pre-production on DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek. Other animation credits include working on a digital version of Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman for ILM, Mr. Limpet for Warner Bros., Everyone’s Hero for Fox and the pre-production on Imagi’s aborted Gatchaman feature.

Tippe is survived by his wife, Molly Maginnis, and children Annie and Sam.

A page has been set up to raise funds to cover the cost of Tippe’s care. It can be found at www.donationto.com/rontippe.

Space Jam

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