Happy 92nd birthday to a true animation legend, Gene Deitch, who was born on this day in 1924.
How does one begin to talk about someone whose mentor was John Hubley and who he himself was the boss of a young Ralph Bakshi? From the 1940s onward, Gene has been a key figure in animation, his career intersecting in fascinating ways with other all-time greats. From running UPA-New York and Terrytoons to a 50-year-career as a producer/director at the Bratři v triku studio in Czechoslovakia, Gene’s career has proven to be one of remarkable longevity and accomplishment.
There’s little point for me to recount Gene’s triumphs because he has already done an incredible job of documenting the highlights on his own web site. If you haven’t yet discovered it, many enjoyable days’ worth of reading and viewing material await you on his site so go there now.