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Cartoon Voiceover Artist Gary Owens Passes Away


Gary Owens

American voice over artist and actor Gary Owens passed away yesterday at his home in Encino California in the San Fernando Valley from complications due to type 1 diabetes, a condition he had experienced since childhood. He is survived by Arleta, his wife of 47 years. Owens provided the voices for dozens of animated characters-…

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Bob Hoskins Passes Away


Bob Hoskins, perhaps best known as detective Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died at age 71. Eddie was the live action comic foil to the animated Roger. He grudgingly helped the bunny clear his name when he was framed for murder. Along the way, he revealed that a toon killed his brother….

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Arthur Rankin Passes Away


Arthur Gardner Rankin, Jr. has passed away at 89. He was an American director, producer and writer, who mostly worked in animation. A founding partner of Rankin/Bass Productions– with Jules Bass- he gained fame with such stop-action animation features as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the 1977 cartoon animation of The Hobbit.

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Animator Michael Sporn Passes Away


Pioneering American animator Michael Sporn passed away Saturday after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Sporn produced and directed a number of animated specials and commercials from his New York based studios. Many of his works were known for their underlying social commentary and messages. He was also known for films aimed at educating children rather than…

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Bob Godfrey dead, age 91


Bob Godfrey

Britain’s best-loved animator Bob Godfrey, creator of Roobarb & Custard and Henry’s Cat, died on Thursday 20h February aged 91.

Born in New South Wales, Australia, in January 27 1921 of British parents, he was brought home to England at the age of 6 months.

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Cartoon Research Guru Ethan Minovitz Passes Away


Ethan Minovitz

Ethan Minovitz, the self-proclaimed animation research guru of the Big Cartoon DataBase, passed away from natural causes at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday February 1st, 2013. His name should be familiar to anyone who follows this blog and the Big Cartoon Forum, and he was a voracious poster of news and trivia on both. His contributions to the site go much deeper than what the casual observer can notice, though. He was, in many ways, the heart and soul of BCDB.

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Sitar Maestro, Composer Ravi Shankar Dead at 92


RAVI SHANKAR

Legendary sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, the Ravi Shankar Foundation announced. He was 92.

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