Monday, January 15, 2007

Another Loss for the World of Animation

Iwao Takamoto, a legendary animator and character designer, passed away one week ago today.

He worked at WB Animation, and I saw him almost everyday. Unfortunately, our direct paths never crossed in work because of our specific duties, but I always took notice of him when he was around because he was a living legend.

He created many beloved characters such as Scooby-Doo, Astro ("The Jetsons"), and Muttley ("Wacky Races"). He also was an animator for Disney in the golden era, having worked on "Cinderella", "Peter Pan", and "Lady and the Tramp". His credits include many more classics.

Here is a more thorough perspective of Iwao's work thanks to Jerry Beck's animation blog. It's a really interesting read.

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