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Bambi, Cinderella Animator Don Lusk Passes Away at 105

Don Lusk, the prolific animator behind many Disney classics, has passed away at the age of 105.

Lusk began working for Disney in 1933 and would contribute to many of the studio's acclaimed animated films including 1940's Fantasia, 1940's Pinocchio, 1942's Bambi, 1950's Cinderella, 1951's Alice in Wonderland, 1955's Lady and the Tramp and 1959's Sleeping Beauty. His last major work for the studio was 1961's One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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Following his departure from Disney to go into freelance animation, Lusk would work on numerous Peanuts animated television specials throughout the 60s and 70s, including 1969's A Boy Named Charlie Brown and 1975's Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.

Lusk was the last surviving animator from Disney's Golden Age of Animation, which began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Outside of feature-length animation projects, he was also prolific in animating and directing various animated television series, working for Hanna-Barbera classics including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo. His final major work was directing the 1993 Hanna-Barbera action-adventure series The Pirates of Dark Water.

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(via Variety)

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