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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