The actor, Samuel E. Wright, has sadly passed away at the age of 74. Mr. Wright (1946-2021) was most famous for his voice role as Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid franchise. He also voiced Kron in Disney’s Dinosaur.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed!
Veteran actor, Christopher Plummer, sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 91 due to complications from a fall.
Mr. Plummer (1929-2021) had a filmography of over 200 films including Battle of Britain, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Man Who Would Be King, Murder by Decree, Ordeal by Innocence, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys, National Treasure, Beginners, The Man Who Invented Christmas, All the Money in the World, and Knives Out. But his most famous role was arguably that of Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1965 musical film, The Sound of Music.
He was also no stranger to animation lending his voice to multiple animated films including An American Tail, Rock-a-Doodle, Babes in Toyland, My Dog Tulip, 9, The Legend of Sarila, and The Star. But, his most famous voice role was arguably that of the villainous explorer, Charles Muntz, in Pixar’s Up.
Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed.
In sad news, veteran actress and comedienne, Cloris Leachman, has passed away at the age of 94. Ms. Leachman (1926-2021) was probably most famous for her television role as Phyllis Lindstrom in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Phyllis.
She also starred in multiple films including The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, The Muppet Movie, The North Avenue Irregulars, and History of the World, Part I.
She was no stranger to animation either providing voice roles for many animated films including My Little Pony: The Movie, Castle in the Sky, A Troll in Central Park, The Iron Giant, Ponyo, Foodfight!, The Croods, and The Croods: A New Age.
My condolences go out to her family and friends. She shall be missed!
I’m incredibly saddened to write this post, but Jeopardy! game show host, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80. Mr. Trebek (1940-2020) hosted the popular game show from 1984 until his death and has hosted numerous other game shows in the past. He frequently made film and TV appearances as versions of himself, with two animated appearances being the announcer in an episode of The Magic School Bus
as well as RiddleQuest host, Alex Lebeck, in an episode of Arthur.
My thoughts go out to his family and friends. He shall be deeply missed!
In super sad news, animator and film director, Kelly Asbury, has passed away at the age of 60 due to cancer. Mr. Asbury (1960-2020) was most famous for directing/co-directing Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Uglydolls.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. He shall be missed!
The actor and comedian, Jerry Stiller, has sadly passed away at the age of 92. Mr. Stiller (1927-2020) performed many roles including appearances on the sitcoms, Seinfeld and The King of Queens. He also was part of a comedy double act with his late wife, Anne Meara, and was the father of actor, Ben Stiller.
In terms of animation, Jerry Stiller provided the voices of Pretty Boy in Teacher’s Pet, Uncle Max in The Lion King 1 1/2,
General X in Foodfight!, and Harvey in Planes: Fire & Rescue.
He shall be missed!
The famous animator and director, Richard Williams, has sadly passed away at the age of 86. Among his most famous works were Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Thief and the Cobbler.
I wrote a longer tribute to Mr. Williams (1933-2019) for the Rotoscopers website which you can read here.
In sad news, Ron Miller, the son-in-law of Walt Disney himself has passed away at the age of 85! Mr. Miller (1933-2019), originally an NFL player, was also once the president and CEO of the The Walt Disney Company (after Walt’s death). He helped bring about more experimental Disney films like Tron and The Black Cauldron and created the Touchstone Pictures banner for less family-friendly films. While his leadership during these years is criticized, his loss still hits us hard in the Disney community! He shall be missed!
The English actor, Albert Finney, has sadly passed away at the age of 82! Mr. Finney (1936-2019) was most famous for his roles in Tom Jones, Scrooge, Annie, Big Fish, Skyfall, and my favorite performance of his in one of my favorite films, Murder on the Orient Express!
In terms of animation, he voiced the character of Mr. Everglot in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.
He shall be missed!