Italian animation legend Emanuele Luzzati has died at age 85. He collaborated with Giulio Gianini on numerous cut-out animation shorts including the Oscar-nominated films THE THIEVING MAGPIE and PULCINELLA, as well as AN ITALIAN IN ALGIERS and THE MAGIC FLUTE. Luzzati also had a prolific career outside of animation, both as a book illustrator and a theatrical set designer. Animation director Michael Sporn is offering some worthwhile insights about Luzzati on his blog. Be sure and check out Mike’s post about Luzzati’s passing as well as the image set from THE THIEVING MAGPIE. More Luzzati art will be posted on Sporn’s blog in the coming days.