Ken Southworth 1918-2007

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This just in from animator Ken Priebe:

It is with a heavy heart that I pass this news on to you….

I just got a call at VanArts from Carol Southworth, wife of Disney/MGM/Hanna-Barbera veteran animator Ken Southworth, saying that Ken passed away this morning after a series of strokes. He was 89.

I got to know Ken well over the years, having had the privilege to work with him and visit his house in Anaheim; he was a very talented artist who will be missed greatly. He was a guest instructor at VanArts for many years in our summer program. (Ironically, he passed away on the anniversary of Walt Disney’s birthday).

Priebe collected career information on Southworth for his website several years ago. Click here for that information.


  • Nancy B

    Ken Southworth was a fine man and a great teacher. He will be missed by his students and friends.

  • http://www.myspace.com/brandontoons Brandon Pierce

    I still love the Bugs/Daffy sequences for Gremlins 2 that he animated.

    “Still lurking about? Don’t you people have homes?”

  • http://www.bobharper.net Bob Harper

    This is sad. I was just searching for his instructional tapes two days ago, as mine have gone missing. He was very nice the few times I got to talk with him.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > Bob Harper says:
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    > This is sad. I was just searching for his instructional tapes two days ago, as mine have gone missing. He was very nice the few times I got to talk with him.

    I tend to wanna kick myself constantly for having never got around to buying those tapes at all. Nice to see someone else is out there looking for them too (rather they were re-released as DVD’s if need be).