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Happy Birthday, Gene Deitch!

Happy birthday from Jerry and Amid to the one and only Gene Deitch who turns 88 today! A true legend and someone we are proud to call a friend.

In honor of his birthday, here’s a few of his greatest hits:

  • Happy Birthday to a great artist, a great historian, and a great guy.

  • Andy

    Gene Deitch is great!

    Does anyone know if Mr. Deitch’s Tom & Jerry shorts are available on DVD anywhere?

  • James Fox

    I think “Voyage To The Bunny Planet” is the best Weston Woods short Gene Deitch directed

  • Christopher Cook

    What? No “Tom Terrific”? Anyway, happy no. 88 to Gene!

  • eeteed

    happy birthday, and thanks to you for all you’ve given to the art of animation.

    a true master, and an inspiration!

  • Happy Birthday to you Mr. Deitch, and thank you for making some of my favorite things!

    Terr’ble Thompson, Tom Terrific, Howdy Doody And His Magic Hat, Where The Wild Things Are, and most especially Sick, sick Sidney!!!

  • billburgnyc

    Years ago I saw a wonderful African fable by Mr. Deitch. It may have been a Weston Woods short. Anyone know the name?

    • Inkan1969

      There were several. “Who’s in Rabbit’s House”, “A Story, a Story”. Also one about why the mosquito buzzes in your ear, and one about the promises the hippo made to God to allow him to swim. A local PBS station used to fill late night space with Weston Wood shorts. So that’s how I got to rewatch them after many years.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Perhaps it’s “A Story a Story”.

  • Happy 88th, Gene!

  • Happy Birthday to a man who was never afraid to go to where the work was. An amazing talent!

  • The Gee

    Several things:

    One, belated Happy Birthday to Mr. Deitch!

    Two, I am glad this was mentioned. When I saw another site mention it was his birthday, I hoped other sites I look at would do the same. So thanks for mentioning it.

    Three, a while ago I was speaking with someone who was around 70 and we were talking about animated cartoons. I think I had showed him something I did and we got to talking.

    I had just watched Tom Tomorrow “Go West, Young Manfred” about a week earlier. Not having grown up with it, I didn’t know what to expect but it is enjoyable to watch.

    When I was was talking with the about cartoons, the first thing he brought up was “Go West…”. In fact, he could quote from it. Since it was fresh in my mind, that kind of freaked me out. So I asked him if he had seen it recently. He said that he hadn’t seen it since he was a kid.

    Obviously, there’s plenty of animated cartoons, shorts and shows and features that multiple generations grew up with. For his generation, Gene Deitch’s work was a big part of it. That’s pretty cool. Obviously, I’ve seen plenty he’s made but it is nice to know that what might be somewhat new to one person might be a good memory for someone else.

    Again, Happy Belated Birthday! Ya done good. Keep on doing more!

  • Inkan1969

    Happy Birthday, Gene. We’re fortunate to still have a treasure like you with us.

    I really thought the Pixar short, “Night and Day”, evoked Gene’s style, with its abstract premise and stylized characters.

  • Yay_for_Kari

    Wonderful wishes to a wonderful artist! Thanks for sharing your talent with us all these years.

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. Gene is one of my most favorite artist/animators.