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Ron Tippe, the animation producer of the live-action/animated hybrid feature Space Jam and the Oscar-nominated Disney short Runaway Brain, passed away on August 1st after a year-and-a-half battle with brain cancer.

Tippe had a long career in animation, which included managing Disney Animation’s Paris studio, and working on features like Shrek and Everyone’s Hero. He worked in other areas of entertainment too, directing over four dozen stage plays and more than 100 commercials and education/business-related films. He also produced record albums and was the owner of QT Music and Barn Boy Music publishing companies.

He is survived by his wife, Molly Maginnis, and two children, Annie and Sam.

(Thanks, Fraser MacLean)

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