Ruben Apodaca, RIP

Ruben Apodaca

I was saddened to hear that Ruben Apodaca passed away last month at age 73. I didn’t know him well, but met him a few times to work on a short article about his personal photos (published in ANIMATION BLAST #6). He always struck me as being a very friendly individual, with a lot of enthusiasm for animation. Ruben started in animation at Disney in 1956, and went on to work at all the major studios during the ’60s and ’70s including UPA, Format, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera and Filmation. He also spent many years as an animation instructor at numerous Los Angeles area colleges. His full obituary can be read HERE.


  • jessie

    Rip ruben. I was one of his students at the art instute of los angeles in. 2002 he drew me a sketch once of alvin from the chipmunks. I still. Have it today