Karen Greslie, 68, was pioneer in digital cells

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

Hanna-Barbera Productions

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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