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
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.