Passings

Award-Winning Israeli Animator Gil Alkabetz Has Died at 64

Award-winning Israeli-born indie animator and teacher Gil Alkabetz has died, age 64. His friends confirmed the sad news on social media earlier today (Sept....

Oscar-Winning Disney/Pixar Artist Ralph Eggleston Dies of Pancreatic Cancer

Ralph Eggleston, the writer-director of Oscar- and Annie-winning 2000 Pixar short For the Birds, died Sunday, August 28 of pancreatic cancer. He was 56...

‘Heavy Metal’ Director Gerald Potterton Dies at Age 91

The National Flim Board of Canada (NFB) today shared the news that animator, director and producer Gerald Potterton died Tuesday evening (August 23) at...

‘Little Nicholas’ Creator Sempé Dies Age 89

French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé, best known for creating the Le Petit Nicolas (Little Nicholas) children's books with René Goscinny (Asterix), died Thursday just a week...

‘The Snowman’ Creator Raymond Briggs Dies Age 88

British author-illustrator Raymond Briggs, who created numerous works which inspired animated classics such as The Snowman and Ethel & Ernest, died Tuesday, August 9 from pneumonia...

Rankin/Bass Character Designer Paul Coker Jr. Dies Age 93

Animation artist and illustrator Paul Coker Jr., best known for his character and produciton designs for the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion specials as well as...

Actor Jered Barclay, Voice for ‘Smurfs’ & ‘Transformers’, Dies Age 91

Twentieth century stage and screen actor Jered Barclay, who provided voices for popular animated series of the 1980s, died July 23 in North Hollywood...

‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Creator Kazuki Takahashi Found Dead Off Japanese Coast, Age 60

Kazuki Takahashi (né Kazuo Takahashi), the manga creator behind the global mega-hit Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, was found dead off the coast of Nago, Japan. The 60-year-old...

‘Duckman’ Creator Everett Peck Dies Age 71

Illustrator, cartoonist, animator, writer and teacher Everett Peck — best known for his popular animated series Duckman and Squirrel Boy — died Tuesday, June 14....

Puppet Animator & Director Vlasta Pospíšilová Dies Age 87

Vlasta Pospíšilová, the Czech stop-motion master who delighted generations with her puppet films and TV series, died Friday, April 15 at the age of...

Animation Producer Jan Rogowski Dies at Age 41

Jan Rogowski, animation producer and co-founder/production manager of U.K. animation studio Red Star, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 6. The sad news was shared...

Comedian, Actor & VO Artist Gilbert Gottfried Dies Age 67

  One of the most recognizable voices in animation and entertainment in general, comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at age 67. The news was shared...
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