Karen Greslie, 68, was pioneer in digital cells

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Karen Marie Gres­lie, an ani­ma­tion color styl­ist in a career span­ning 40 years, died Feb­ru­ary 29 after a long bat­tle with can­cer. The La Tuna Canyon, Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dent was 68.

Gres­lie served as a color styl­ist for Hol­ly­wood TV and fea­ture motion pic­ture ani­ma­tion stu­dios, includ­ing Hanna-Barbera, Turner Enter­tain­ment and Car­toon Net­work, and was a pio­neer in the evo­lu­tion of hand-painted ani­ma­tion cells into the dig­i­tal age. She worked for H-B from 1968 until 2004.

Her series as a color styl­ist included The Com­pletely Men­tal Mis­ad­ven­tures of Ed Grim­ley (1988), The Pirates of Dark Water (1991), The What a Car­toon Show (1996–97), Dexter’s Lab­o­ra­tory (1996–98) and Samu­rai Jack (2001–03). She also was a color styl­ist for the shorts Hägar the Hor­ri­ble (1989), Larry & Steve and Buy One, Get One Free* (both 1996), and Mal­com and Melvin (1997), the 1994 TV-movies Scooby-Doo in Ara­bian Nights and A Flint­stones Christ­mas Carol; and the 1989 TV doc­u­men­tary A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Cel­e­bra­tion!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera.

She was a color key artist for the series Pop­eye and Son and Yogi’s Trea­sure Hunt (both 1987); Smurfs (1989); Gravedale High and Time­less Tales from Hall­mark (both 1990); Droopy: Mas­ter Detec­tive, 2 Stu­pid Dogs and The Addams Fam­ily (all 1993); and The Pow­er­puff Girls (1998).

Gres­lie was a color key artist for the TV-movies The Jet­sons Meet the Flint­stones (1987), The Flint­stone Kids’ Just Say No Spe­cial (1988) and The Town Santa For­got (1993), along with the the­atri­cal film Jet­sons: The Movie and the video short Joseph and His Broth­ers, both released in 1990.

In addi­tion, she was an ani­ma­tion color key super­vi­sor for the 1993 movie Once Upon a For­est.

She was born on May 22, 1943. She was an able and avid eques­trian, a mem­ber of La Tuna Canyon’s Cor­ral 33, and rode the hill­side trails there and spent sum­mers pack­ing into the Sierra Nevadas.

Karen Gres­lie is sur­vived by her hus­band of 31 years, Thomas D. Gres­lie; sons Rick and Darin Wooldridge; grand­chil­dren April, Brooke and Cole Wooldridge; and sis­ter Kathy Lee.

Funeral ser­vices were held Wednes­day at the Old North Church at For­est Lawn Memo­r­ial Park — Hol­ly­wood Hills.

A memo­r­ial video can be viewed at vimeo.com/38255080.

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