“Little Mermaid” animator Arland Barron dead at 62

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Arland Barron

Arland Barron

Animator and model designer Arland Barron, who worked on the Disney feature films The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1991), died of pulmonary fibrosis September 22, one day after his 62nd birthday.

From 1975 to 2003, he worked for Odyssey, Lion’s Den, Filmation, Aurora, Hyperion and Warner Bros., as well as Disney.

Barron was an animator on the theatrical feature films BraveStarr: The Legend (1988) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). An assistant animator on The Secret of NIMH (1982) and Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987), he was an assistant animator on the “Lumiere” character in Beauty and the Beast. He was an animating assistant on The Little Mermaid and a character animator for the 1992 film Bébé’s Kids.

In theatrical shorts, he was an animator on WB’s Little Go Beep (2000) and an animating assistant on Disney’s The Prince and the Pauper (1990).

Barron animated the Filmation TV series The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Tarzan/Lone Ranger Adventure Hour (all 1980); He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983); She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985-87); Ghostbusters (1986); and BraveStarr (1987-88). He animated the TV-movies Sunshine Porcupine (1980) and A Christmas Special (1985) as well.

He was a model designer for the TV series Tiny Toon Adventures (1992), Animaniacs (1993-94), The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1995) and Pinky and the Brain (1996), along with the 1995 TV-movie Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery.

A Pacific Beach, California resident, he was born Arland Mack Barron on September 21, 1949. He also was an art teacher and caricature artist, as well as a student of improv and stand-up comedy.

Arland Barron is survived by brother Rod and nephews Andrew, Matthew and Jonathan Arland.

A memorial service has been held. If desired, memorial donations in his name may be made to Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109; tel. (858) 273-9312.

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