If 2019 was a bumper year for animation production, it was also a singularly sad period for the industry. We can’t remember another year in which animation lost so many important and beloved people — or witnessed anything as atrocious as the arson attack at Kyoto Animation, which claimed 36 lives.
At Cartoon Brew, we profiled some of the biggest names to have left us throughout the year. You can read our obituaries of animation icon Richard Williams (died aged 86), experimental multimedia artist Rosto (50), cult clay animator Bruce Bickford (72), influential indie filmmaker Suzan Pitt (75), prolific artist and writer Chris Reccardi (54), and former Disney CEO Ron Miller (85).
Below is a list of other figures from across the art form who died in 2019: