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Michael Rye, 94, was Cartoondom’s Lone Ranger

Michael Rye

Voiceover actor Michael Rye, who had the title role in the 1966 Format Films cartoon series “The Lone Ranger,” died Sunday in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 94.

Rye was a mainstay in many cartoon series and radio shows.

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IMAX developer, director Roman Kroitor dies at 85

Roman Kroitor

Canadian and world cinema lost a true giant Sunday with the death of film pioneer and former National Film Board of Canada filmmaker Roman Kroitor.

Born on December 12, 1926 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Kroitor made enormous contributions to filmmaking during his tenure at the NFB in the 1950s and 1960s, developing the IMAX giant-screen format at the NFB’s Montreal studio.

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Producer John Coates Passes Away

John Coates

John Coates, one of the producers behind the animated feature adaption The Beatles’ 1968 film Yellow Submarine, has passed away. He was in his eighties. He died at home in Kent, England on Sunday following a battle with cancer.

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Geoffrey Ammer, 62, was Disney marketing executive

Geoffrey Ammer

Longtime Hollywood marketing executive Geoffrey Ammer, who worked with such animated films as Toy Story 2, Mulan and A Bug’s Life, died Sunday morning at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 62.

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Director, “Asterix” actor Pierre Mondy dead at 87

Pierre Mondy

French film and theatre actor and director Pierre Mondy, heard in two 1980s Asterix cartoon movies, died Saturday morning at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris from a relapsed lymphoma. He was 77. He voiced Caius Obtus in Asterix et la Surprise de Cesar (Asterix vs. Caesar; 1985) and Cetinlapsus in Asterix Chez Le Bretons (Asterix in Britain; 1986).

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Bob Lambert, 55, led Disney’s digital transition

Bob Lambert

Former Disney senior executive Bob Lambert, who helped the Mouse House move from film to digital production, died suddenly Friday of unnamed causes at his Glendale, California home, his family announced Monday night. He was 55.

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“Chicken Run” executive producer Jake Eberts dies

Jake Eberts

Montreal-born producer Jake Eberts, whose movies won 37 Oscars — including four for best picture — died Thursday morning in his hometown after a brief illness. He was 71.

He was executive producer of seven theatrical animated feature films, including the 2000 hit Chicken Run, on which he partnered with Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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