U.K.-based Red Star studio co-founder
Director of Heavy Metal an the “Liverpool” sequence of Yellow Submarine
Legendary art director and a cornerstone of Pixar’s visual style
Gil Alkabetz

Gil Alkabetz

Lead character technical director on Kamp Koral


Rankin Bass

Jules Bass

Many of these artists and craftspeople, who laid the foundation on which so many artists work today, are unknown or underappreciated, a fact that became clear as we researched their lives for these stories. That’s perhaps inevitable in an art form that often requires dozens – or even hundreds – of people to create just a few minutes of animation. These obituaries are therefore one small way to help set the record straight and give these people the due they deserve.


Carl Bell

Carl Bell

Designer of timeless Rankin/Bass holiday special characters; one of Mad magazine’s “usual gang of idiots”


Anne D. Bernstein

Anne D. Bernstein

Founder of Oscar-winning vfx company Pixomondo


'David the Gnome,' 'Dogtanian'

Claudio Biern Boyd

BAFTA-winning co-founder of vfx/animation studio Factory Fifteen


Borivoj Dovniković-Bordo

Borivoj Dovniković-Bordo

Longtime Batman voice actor


Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

Nuclear physicist and Blue Sky Studios co-founder


Mike Camarillo

Mike Camarillo

Writer on MTV’s Daria and Downtown


Paul Coker Jr.

Paul Coker Jr.

Icon of the golden age of Czech puppet animation


Kevin Conroy 'Batman: The Animated Series'

Kevin Conroy

2022 saw the animation community lose key figures whose influence will live on long after their passing. As we do each year, we’ve collected the tributes and obituaries we published over the last 12 months to honor those who are no longer with us.


Ralph Eggleston

Ralph Eggleston

Voice actor for Akira, Leisure Suit Larry, and Pixar films


Jonathan Gales

Jonathan Gales

Veteran animator and director of Cloud


Lina Gagnon

Lina Gagnon

A founding father of computer art and animation


Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

Colombian stop motion Pioneer


Norma Swank-Haviland

Norma Swank-Haviland

Iconic Croatian filmmaker and part of the Zagreb school of animation


Dylan Hoffman

Dylan Hoffman

School House Rock! and Drawing Power co-creator


Ken Knowlton

Original voice of Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Shichirō Kobayashi

Shichiro Kobayashi

Industry artist who worked on The Powerpuff Girls, The Road to El Dorado, and The Simpsons


John Korty

John Korty

Prolific art director of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Berserk


Thilo Kuther, 'Hugo'

Thilo Kuther

Illustrator and cartoonist; co-creator of Little Nicholas


Fernando Laverde

Fernando Laverde

Aladdin and Cyberchase voice actor


Tony Mines

Tony Mines

Canadian animator and champion of the art form


Tom Yohe & George Newall

George R. Newall

Celebrated Israeli filmmaker behind shorts like Rubicon and Morir De Amor


Manabu Ohashi

Manabu Ohashi

Canadian animator and educator who worked on The Man Who Planted Trees


Duckman Everett Peck

Everett Peck

Pioneer of “brickfilm” animation technique


Vlasta Pospíšilová, Maryška and Wolf Castle

Vlasta Pospíšilová

Author and illustrator of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows


Gerald Potterton

Gerald Potterton

We’ve linked through to our coverage below. In putting together this collection, we were impressed by the incredible diversity of backgrounds for many of these influential figures. We lost artists, technicians, writers, and studio founders from around the world and from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, each of whom made incredible impacts on the industry and art form. Many lived and worked in multiple countries throughout their career, demonstrating the universal appeal of the animation art form.


Jan Rabson voices

Jan Rabson

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator


Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins

Disney ink-&-paint artist and early Chip voice actor


Jan Rogowski

Jan Rogowski

Co-founder of Rankin/Bass Productions


Jean-Jacques Sempé

Jean-Jacques Sempé

Duckman and Squirrel Boy creator; award-winning illustrator; educator


RIP Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh

Kazuki Takahashi

Renegade indie filmmaker; Twice Upon A Time and Sesame Street director


Eugene Troubetzkoy

Eugene Troubetzkoy

Spanish creator of David The Gnome, Dogtanian

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