Heavy Metal assistant animator Judy Niver dies, 71

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Lay­out artist and ani­ma­tor Judith M. “Judy” Niver, an assis­tant ani­ma­tor on the “Taarna” seg­ment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal, died Decem­ber 14. She was 71.

From 1965 until 1994, she worked for DePatie-Freleng, Fil­ma­tion, Hanna-Barbera, UPA, Ed Love, Ruby-Spears, Encore, Hype­r­ion, Cool Pro­duc­tions, DreamQuest and Rich Animation.

Niver was a key assis­tant ani­ma­tor on the 1987 Fil­ma­tion the­atri­cal fea­ture Pinoc­chio and the Emperor of the Night. In addi­tion, she was an assis­tant ani­ma­tor on 1991’s Rover Dan­ger­field.

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