Don Lusk

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Don Lusk
Born
Donald R. Lusk

(1913-10-28)October 28, 1913
Burbank, California, United States
DiedDecember 30, 2018(2018-12-30) (aged 105)
OccupationAnimator and director
Years active1933–1993
EmployerWalt Disney Animation Studios (1933–1960)
Children2

Donald Lusk (October 28, 1913 – December 30, 2018)[1] was an American animator and director.

Early life[edit]

Lusk was born on October 28, 1913, in Burbank a suburb of Los Angeles, California. He served in the United States Marines during World War II.[1]

Career[edit]

Lusk was hired by The Walt Disney Company in 1933 as an Inbetweener. He was 20 at the time.[2] His first film as an animator was 1938's Ferdinand the Bull adapted from 1936's The Story of Ferdinand by author Munro Leaf.[3] He worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Melody Time, So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.[4][5]

Lusk left Disney in 1960, but continued to work as an animator during the 1960s and 1970s. Aside from animation, Lusk also directed multiple cartoon films and series, including the Peanuts TV specials and movies and for the Hanna-Barbera studio. His work at the latter included The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Tom and Jerry.[6]

In the early 1990s, Lusk retired after a career which spanned some 60 years.[7]

Personal life and death[edit]

Lusk married Marge Lusk, who worked in the Personnel Department of Disney Studios in Burbank. The couple had two children. He died on December 30, 2018, in San Clemente, California, aged 105.[1] Long time friend, Navah-Paskowitz Asner, announced the news of his death on social media.[2]

Filmography[edit]

As a Disney Animator for the Disney Films in 1933 - 1960[edit]

Year Title Credits Notes
1940 Pinocchio Animator
Fantasia Animator – Segments "The Nutcracker Suite" and "The Pastoral Symphony"
1942 Bambi Animator
1946 Song of the South Animator
1948 Melody Time Character Animator
1949 So Dear to My Heart Animator
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Character Animator
1950 Cinderella Character Animator
1951 Alice in Wonderland Character Animator
1952 Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short) Animator
Trick or Treat (Short) Animator
1953 Peter Pan Character Animator
Ben and Me (Short) Animator
1955 Lady and the Tramp Character Animator
1959 Sleeping Beauty Character Animator
1954 – 1959 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) Animator – 5 Episodes
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Character Animator
2002 Mickey's House of Villains (Video) Animator – Segment "Trick or Treat"

As an Animator and a Director for the Hanna-Barbera TV Shows and Films[edit]

Year Title Credits Notes
1962 – 1963 The Jetsons Animator one episode
1964 Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! Animator
1965 – 1967 Secret Squirrel Animator one episode
1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Animator TV movie
The Man Called Flintstone Animator
1965 – 1968 Atom Ant Animator 2 episodes
1968 – 1969 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Animator 4 episodes
1977 A Flintstone Christmas Animator TV movie
1984 – 1989 Snorks Director Season 2 – 4
1985 – 1986 Galtar and the Golden Lance Director
1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Director 13 episodes
1985 – 1987 The Jetsons Animation Director
1985 – 1986 Paw Paws Director
1986 – 1988 The Flintstone Kids Director
Foofur Director Season 1
1986 Wildfire Director 5 episodes
1986 – 1987 The New Adventures of Jonny Quest Director
1987 Popeye and Son Director one episode
1985 – 1988 Yogi's Treasure Hunt Director one episode
1987 The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Director TV movie
1986 – 1987 Pound Puppies Director 26 episodes
1988 The New Yogi Bear Show Director unknown episodes
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears Director
Animation Director
TV movie
1985 – 1989 The Smurfs Director 136 episodes
1991 – 1993 The Pirates of Dark Water Director 21 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Barlett, Rhett (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk, Animator on 'Pinocchio,' 'Fantasia' and Charlie Brown Specials, Dies at 105". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Valence Media). Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Pederson, Erik (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk Dies: Disney Animator On 'Fantasia' & 'Bambi' Who Later Worked At Hsnna-Barbera Was 105". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry (November 1, 2010). "Happy 97th Birthday, Don Lusk!". Cartoon Brew. United States: Cartoon Brew, LLC. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Don Lusk". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (October 28, 2013). "Happy Birthday! Disney Animator Don Lusk Turns 100 Today!". Cartoon Brew. United States: Cartoon Brew, LLC. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Pinocchoi" Animator, Dies at 105". Variety. Los Angeles: Variety Media, LLC (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Hulett, Steve (October 28, 2013). "Happy 100th!". The Animation Guild. Burbank, California: Blogger. Retrieved November 21, 2013.

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