Bruno Bianchi (cartoonist)

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Bruno Bianchi (1955 – December 2, 2011) was a French cartoonist and animation director. Bianchi worked extensively as an artist, director and producer on animated television productions; including Heathcliff, Iznogoud and most notably, Inspector Gadget, which he also co-created.[1][2]

Bianchi started his career at DiC Audiovisuel (later DiC Entertainment) in 1977 as a cel painter, then gradually assumed creative positions. His first director's credit was on the 1980 edutainment mini-series Archibald le Magichien (directly translated: Archibald the Magic Dog). In 1983, Bianchi scored his first major directing job on Inspector Gadget, a series he co-created with Andy Heyward and DiC's founder Jean Chalopin.[3] Bianchi served as main character designer and supervising director on the show, which became one of the most iconic series produced by DiC.

Subsequently, Bianchi worked as a director, producer and designer on numerous other DiC Entertainment, Saban Entertainment and SIP Animation television animation productions from the 1980s until the mid-2000s. His credits include Heathcliff (where he co-created the Cats and Company characters together with Jean Chalopin), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, M.A.S.K., Rainbow Brite, Diplodos (which he co-created and co-wrote with Jean Chalopin), Iznogoud, Princess Sissi and Gadget & the Gadgetinis (a spinoff of Inspector Gadget).[2]

In 2008, following the closure of SIP Animation, Bianchi founded his own studio, Ginkgo Animation.[2]

Bianchi died on December 2, 2011 at the age of 56.[2] He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on 6 December 2011.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Arrant, Chris (2 December 2011). "French Animator Bruno Bianchi ("Inspector Gadget") Passes Away". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "French TV Animator Bruno Bianchi Passes Away". Animation Magazine. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Disparition de Bruno Bianchi, le créateur de l'Inspecteur Gadget". Le Monde. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 

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