Sad news to relay: veteran animator, producer and director Rusty Mills (Animaniacs, Pink Panther, Pinky and the Brain, etc.) passed away yesterday, due to organ failure from colon cancer.

To say he was one of the “good guys” is an understatement. I really only knew Rusty from industry social functions (usually annual Christmas parties and through various mutual acquaintances) but he was always friendly and truly interested in advancing the cause of creating good cartoons. He will be missed.

The Animation Guild is reporting that Rusty’s wife, Andrea, and Evan, their 15 year old son, could really use help. Please visit their fundraising blog and give what you can.

As a personal tribute, let’s take look at one of his episodes of Animaniacs, a holiday themed cartoon – A Christmas Plotz: