In Me­mo­riam: An­i­ma­tion & VFX Greats We Lost in 2018

This year, we said good­bye to many tal­ented men and women who made the world a bet­ter place by work­ing on some of our fa­vorite shorts, TV shows and movies through­out the years. We honor their mem­ory on th­ese pages and thank them for leav­ing us with so man

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Ger­ard Bald­win. Pro­lific writer, pro­ducer and ed­u­ca­tor, who earned five Day­time Emmy nom­i­na­tions for The Smurfs se­ries and var­i­ous Smurfs spe­cials. Other TV di­rect­ing cred­its in­clude Rocky and His Friends, Li­nus! The Lion­hearted, Ge­orge of the Jun­gle, Tiny Toon Ad­ven­tures, Quick Draw Mc­graw, The Huck­le­berry Hound Show, The Jet­sons, Mup­pet Ba­bies, Aladdin and Ru­grats. Died April 18, age 89.

Adam Burke. An­i­ma­tor who worked at Bluth, Blue Sky, Warner Bros, Dis­ney and Pixar whose cred­its in­clude Spirit: Stal­lion of the Ci­mar­ron, The Iron Gi­ant, The In­cred­i­bles movies, Cars 2, Toy Story 3, Up and WALL·E. Died Oct. 7, age 47

Frank Bux­ton. Writer, ac­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor. Best known for voic­ing Hal Seeger’s pop­u­lar an­i­mated hero Batfink and his arch­en­emy Hugo A-GO-GO. Also wrote and di­rected live-ac­tion shows such as The Odd Cou­ple, Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, and wrote, pro­duced and di­rected Hot Dog. Voice cred­its in­clude stints of Chip ‘n’ Dale Res­cue Rangers, Garfield and Friends, All-new Den­nis the Men­ace and The Garfield Show. Died Jan. 2, age 87.

Joe Clokey. Pro­ducer and care­taker of the Gumby em­pire cre­ated by his fa­ther, the late Art Clokey. Af­fec­tion­ately known as “Gumby’s Lit­tle Brother,” Joe served as pres­i­dent of Pre­mav­i­sion/clokey Pro­duc­tions, the com­pany be­hind TV shows fea­tur­ing Gumby, Pokey and Davey & Go­liath. Died March 2, age 56.

Fred Crip­pen. Cre­ator of Roger Ram­jet, founder of Pan­tomime Pic­tures and an­i­ma­tor at UPA. Worked on nu­mer­ous shows as de­signer, tim­ing di­rec­tor, in­clud­ing Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles, Men in Black: The Se­ries, Ex­treme Ghost­busters and Godzilla: The Se­ries. Died March 22, age 90.

Steve Ditko. Iconic comic-book artist and co-cre­ator with Stan Lee of char­ac­ters such as Spi­der-man and Doc­tor Strange. He also cre­ated Squir­rel Girl, Mr. A, Captain Atom and Ques­tion. Died June 29, age 90.

Ed­ward Fai­gin. An­i­ma­tor and voice ac­tor who worked at Hanna-bar­bera and Warner Bros. cred­its in­clude Rover Danger­field, Daffy Duck’s Quack­busters, The Night of the Liv­ing Duck and The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie. Died March 6, Age 95.

Ray Fa­vata. New York-based an­i­ma­tor and lay­out artist, whose cred­its in­clude The Great Space Coaster, Doug, The Tale of Peter Rab­bit and Begin­ners Bi­ble: The Story of Easter. Died Oct. 20, age 94.

Pablo Ferro. Le­gendary Cuban-born graphic de­signer, who cre­ated the sem­i­nal ti­tles for clas­sics such as Dr. Strangelove, Bul­litt and Men In Black. Died Nov. 18, age 83.

Mar­cia Fer­tig. An­i­ma­tor at Dis­ney, Hanna-bar­bera, Warner Bros, Ruby-spears and Fil­ma­tion. Her cred­its in­clude The Fox and the Hound, Godzilla, He-man and She-ra. Died Jan. 31, age 98.

Peter Firmin. In­no­va­tive Bri­tish de­signer, il­lus­tra­tor and an­i­ma­tor who co-founded Small­films and co-cre­ated pop­u­lar chil­dren’s TV shows Ivor the En­gine, Bag­puss and The Clangers. Died July 1, age 89. Bruno Gaume­tou. French an­i­ma­tor and stu­dio man­ager (Neomis An­i­ma­tion) and CEO (AGT Dig­i­tal), whose cred­its in­clude Babar, Duck­tales: The Movie, Tale­spin, Dark­wing Duck, Goof Troop, Mar­supil­ami, A Goofy Movie and The Il­lu­sion­ist (pro­ducer). Died Oc­to­ber, age 59.

Au­drey Geisel. Widow of Theodor Geisel ( Dr. Seuss) and exec pro­ducer of Hor­ton Hears a Who! (2008), The Lo­rax (2012) and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018). She also exec pro­duced the Emmy-nom­i­nated short Daisy-head Mayzie (1995). Died Dec. 19, age 97.

Stephen Hil­len­burg. Writer, di­rec­tor, cre­ator of Nick­elodeon’s Sponge­bob Squarepants, one of the most pop­u­lar and in­flu­en­tial an­i­mated shows of the past 20 years and its two spin-off fea­tures. Died Nov. 26, age 57.

Gary Kurtz. Pro­ducer of fea­tures such as Star Wars, The Dark Crys­tal, Re­turn to Oz and an­i­mated ti­tles such as The Thief and the Cob­bler, The Tale of Jack Frost and Friends and He­roes. Died Sept. 23, Age 78

Stan Lee. Mar­vel comics le­gend (pub­lisher, writer, ed­i­tor) and co-cre­ator of en­dur­ing char­ac­ters such as Spi­der-man, The X-men, The In­cred­i­ble Hulk and The Fan­tas­tic Four. Died Nov. 12, age 95.

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