“It was Otsuka-san who taught me the fun of working,” Hayao Miyazaki once wrote.
Even as she built up an impressive career working with the likes of Ralph Bakshi, Hanna-Barbera, and Warner Bros., Banks remained very private about her life.
In his long career, Bell animated for prominent studios including Terrytoons, Hubley Studios, Perpetual Motion Pictures, and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions.
Burns had a short but productive animation career, creating such memorable characters as George of the Jungle and the Cap’n Crunch cereal mascot.
Quiet and shy, Baer’s name may not be as familiar as other contemporary animators, but he was a highly respected animator’s animator and beloved by colleagues.
Creek succumbed to injuries from a skydiving accident last weekend.
Tucker worked in roles including layout, storyboard, writing, and directing, picking up credits on influential series like “The Simpsons,” “Rugrats,” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show.”
Crane’s epic career ran from Terrytoons in the 1950s to MTV in the 1990s and beyond, spanning series, commercials, and features.
A tribute to the talents the community lost this year: animators and cartoonists, directors and producers, voice artists, dancers, and basketball players.
Spears’s death comes only four months after the passing of his long-time business and creative partner Joe Ruby.
A mainstay of the East Coast animation scene, Tony Eastman worked on everything from “Doug” to “Beavis & Butt-head.”
Hired by Disney as a teen, Champion acted out movements which animators then rotoscoped.
Prokhorov co-founded the Soviet Union’s first private animation studio and created the hugely successful series “Kikoriki.”
She worked as a visual development artist, character designer, and story artist on most of Disney’s 2d features of the 1990s.
With his studio Ruby-Spears, he helped define the look of Saturday morning cartoons for more than a decade.
Asbury also worked on beloved contemporary works like “Shrek,” “Toy Story,” “Frozen,” “The Nightmare before Christmas,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Her résumé also includes “Brave,” “The Book of Life,” “Elf,” and an eight-year stint as a layout artist during the Disney Renaissance.
In her 20-year career, Mlynarczyk earned seven Emmy nominations, winning once.
A 22-year veteran of Pixar, he contributed to many of the studio’s most successful films.
In the 1960s, he directed a series of infamous Tom & Jerry shorts while living in Eastern Europe.