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Subject: Disney Animator Don Lusk 1913-2018

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Date Posted: Monday, December 31, 02:42:30am

Don Lusk (1913-2018) December 30th, 2018 [​IMG] Jerry Beck

Disney Legend Don Lusk has passed away today at age 105 – reported by his dear friend Navah Paskowitz-Asner (Ed Asner’s wife) on her Facebook page this morning. Lusk was hired by The Walt Disney Company in 1933 and he became an animator in 1938 on Ferdinand The Bull. His animation graced key scenes in Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and One Hundred and One Dalmatians. He is best known for his work on the Fish Dance in “The Nutcracker Suite” in Fantasia, Cleo the goldfish in Pinocchio, the title character in Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Peter Pan.


Lusk left Disney in 1960, but continued to work as an animator during the 1960s and 1970s, on UPA’s Gay Purr-ee (1962), A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), and freelanced for Bill Melendez and Walter Lantz studios. He spent 23 years at Hanna-Barbera, directing everything from Scooby Doo to Yo Yogi!, working well into the 1990s.

In the early 1990s, Lusk retired after a career that spanned 60 years. He received a Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement at the Annie Awards in 2015. He was a friend to many in the industry and a legend in the field. He will me sorely missed.


Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.


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IMDbLinkMonday, December 31, 05:27:21am
According to IMDb, Lusk's first work for Disney was on "Mickey's Polo Team" -82 years ago! At 105, Lusk lived longer than fellow animator on the film, Grim Natwick, who died in 1990, at 100. -Here 'tis from 1936! ...Bio & PHOTOMonday, December 31, 09:00:57am
Disney Animator Ruthie Tompson worked on “Snow White” (1937) uncredited. Still alive at 108! (NT)WaltMonday, December 31, 09:40:59am

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