Animation Legend, Isao Takahata, Dies at 82!

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Animation legend, Isao Takahata, most famous for his work at Studio Ghibli (which he co-founded) has passed away at the age of 82! He shall be missed!

Check out my post on this at Rotoscopers: http://www.rotoscopers.com/2018/04/05/studio-ghibli-icon-isao-takahata-dies-at-82/

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Actor David Ogden Stiers Dies at 75!

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In sad news today, actor David Ogden Stiers, has passed away at the age of 75! Mr. Stiers (1942-2018) was known for his role in the TV series, M*A*S*H, as well as for his voice performances in multiple films including:

Beauty and the Beast as Cogsworth,

Pocahontas as General Ratcliffe,

Lilo & Stitch as Dr. Jumba,

and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as the Archdeacon.

He shall definitely be missed!

Animator and Voice Actor Bud Luckey Dies at 83!

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In sad news, famous animator and voice actor, Bud Luckey, has passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Luckey (1934-2018) was probably best known for his work at Pixar working as a character designer for many films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Cars, and The Incredibles. He even directed, wrote, composed, and performed the 2004 Pixar short, Boundin’.

His voicework includes the roles of Rick Dicker in The Incredibles,

Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3,

and Eeyore in the 2011 Disney film, Winnie the Pooh.

He also worked on many animated segments for Sesame Street including my personal favorite, The Alligator King.

He shall be missed!

Actor John Mahoney Dies at 77!

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The actor, John Mahoney, has passed away at the age of 77. Mr. Mahoney (1940-2018) was known for his role on the sitcom, Frasier, as well as for appearing in numerous films including Moonstruck, Eight Men Out, Barton Fink, and Flipped.

In terms of animation, Mr. Mahoney lent his voice to many animated features including Antz,

The Iron Giant,

Atlantis: The Lost Empire,

and Kronk’s New Groove.

He shall be missed!

Actress Heather North Dies at 71!

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The actress, Heather North, has sadly passed away at the age of 71! Mrs. North (1945-2017) passed away on November 30, 2017, although her death wasn’t announced until December 19, 2017. While she has made live-action appearances such as in the 1971 Disney film, The Barefoot Executive, Mrs. North was best known as the voice of Daphne Blake for over 30 years in the Scooby-Doo franchise!

She first voiced Daphne in the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and continued voicing the character in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Show, The Scooby-Doo Show, and The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo among other TV reincarnations. Her final voice performances as Daphne were in the direct-to-video films, Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire and Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico.

Jeepers, she shall be missed indeed!

Legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar Dies at 83!

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I’m saddened to report another Disney-related death: Legendary Imagineer Marty Sklar has passed away at the age of 83! Mr. Sklar (1934-2017) was an Imagineer for Disney since the 1960s and helped design many attractions including The Enchanted Tiki Room and It’s a Small World. He recently appeared at the 2017 D23 Expo only 2 weeks ago! He shall be missed!

For more about the man, please read this tribute!

Voice Actress June Foray Dies at 99!

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In incredibly saddening news, the legendary voice actress, June Foray, has died at the age of 99! Ms. Foray (1917-2017) was pretty much the woman of “a thousand voices” being a big name in the business since the 1950s. Some of her more famous roles have been Lucifer in Cinderella, Squaw in Peter Pan, Granny and Witch Hazel in the Looney Tunes shorts, Rocky J. Squirrel in the The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Mrs. Featherby in DuckTales, and Grandmother Fa in Mulan. It’s basically impossible to not have heard her voice at all in your life!

She was instrumental in creating the Annie Awards as well as in getting a Best Animated Feature category in the Academy Awards! What makes this even sadder was that she was two months shy of her 100th birthday 😦 . She shall be missed!

For more about her life and legacy, please read this article as well as this tribute.

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