Animator, director and producer Dan Thompson, who shared a Daytime Emmy for his work on Rugrats, died August 19.
His age was not immediately available.
As a director of Rugrats, he received a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1992. He shared a nomination in the same category in 1993.
He directed the series Camp Candy (1990), Swamp Thing, Iron Man (1995–96) and The Incredible Hulk (1996). As well, he was supervising director of the 1983 mini-series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and director of the 1984 mini-series G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra.
He served as animation director of The Incredible Hulk (1982–83) and McGee and Me! (1989–90). A key animator for the “Taarna” segment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal, he animated the 1984 movie Katy, la oruga, along with the TV-movies Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14 (1972) and Clerow Wilson’s Great Escape (1974).
In 1984, Thompson served as sequence director for the theatrical movie Gallavants and the Transformers TV series.
Timing director for the 1990 series Tiny Toon Adventures and 2000 video Monster Mash, he was an animation and/or sheet timer for the TV series The Wild Thornberrys (1999), Rocket Power (1999–2002) and As Told by Ginger (2003–06), as well as the 2002 TV-movie Inspector Gadget’s Last Case: Claw’s Revenge.
Since 1973, he worked for Krantz, Hanna-Barbera, Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros., Graz, Universal, Funnybone, DIC, Sunbow, Klasky-Csupo and Nickelodeon.
Thompson was also known for his “urban folk” art, mounting a very successful show at The Animation Guild’s Gallery 839 in October 2010.