Don Lusk, animator of "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Pan" and many more classic animated Disney films, died Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post by Ed Asner's daughter Navah Paskowitz-Asner. He was 105.
Lusk's 60-year-old career touched on numerous classic works by Disney, where his career began in 1933. There he worked with animated magic on famous titles, including 1938's "Ferdinand the Bull," 1942's "Bambi", 1950s "Cinderella", 1955s " Lady and Tramp, "1959's" Sleeping Beauty "and 1961's" 101 Dalmatians. "Some of his most memorable work includes the Cleo Goldfish in the 1940s" Pinocchio "and the" Nutcracker Suite "fish dance in" Fantasia ".
Having left Disney in the 1960s, he continued freelancing over the decade, working on several Charlie Brown specialties that began with the 1969's "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" and throughout the 70's with "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. " And "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown." He also freed up the UPA on the animated story of a cat and mouse visiting Paris called "Gay Purr-ee."
Lusk continued to freelance for Bill Melendez and Walter Lantz studios for some time before moving to Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, where his work concerned episodes of "Scooby-Doo", "The Flintstones", "The Jetsons" and "Tom and Jerry. "On top of being a gifted animator, Lusk also directed several television shows, including" The Addams Family "," Yo Yogi !, "The Smurfs" and "80s Cartoon Series" Paddington Bear. "He drew back in 1993 after directing his latest child's animated television series, "The Pirates of Dark Water." He received the Winsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015.