Dan Thompson won Daytime Emmy as Rugrats Director

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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.

Thomp­son pro­duced the TV series G.I. Joe (1985–86) and Jem (1987–88), as well as an episode of Swamp Thing (1991).

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.

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