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Disney Legend X Atencio, Animator & Imagineer, Dies at 98

Official Disney fan club D23 has announced that former Imagineer, animator and Disney Legend Xavier Atencio died September 10 at the age of 98. “X”, as he was known to friends, ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Annette

I’m going to take a little detour this week out of the Toon Trenches to remember a person who was enormously important to the Walt Disney Studios in the 1950s, and whose passing was ... Continue Reading →
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Pittsburg Animator Leland Hartman Dies at 82

Former Disney and Warner Bros. animator Leland “Lee” Hartman passed away at a nursing facility in Glen Hazel, PA on Dec. 24. He was diagnosed with dementia six years ago, shortly ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Legend Ginny Tyler Dies

Actress Ginny Tyler, who was recognized as a Disney Legend in 2006 for her many vocal performances over the years, passed away July 13 of natural causes in Issaquah, Washington at age ... Continue Reading →
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Tales from the Toon Trenches: Big Roy’s Bad Day

When the late, great American artist Iwao Takamoto and his wife Barbara asked me to help write his memoirs in 2005, I was stunned and flattered. Iwao was a legend, and a quiet genius. ... Continue Reading →