Donald R. Lusk
October 28, 1913
Burbank, California, United States
|Died||December 30, 2018 (aged 105)|
San Clemente, California, United States
|Occupation||Animator and director|
Donald Lusk (October 28, 1913 – December 30, 2018) was an American animator and director.
Lusk was hired by The Walt Disney Company in 1933 as an Inbetweener. He was 20 at the time. His first film as an animator was 1938's Ferdinand the Bull adapted from 1936's The Story of Ferdinand by author Munro Leaf. He worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
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.
In the early 1990s, Lusk retired after a career which spanned some 60 years.
Personal life and death
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. Long time friend, Navah-Paskowitz Asner, announced the news of his death on social media.
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Fantasia (1940)
- Bambi (1942)
- Song of the South (1946)
- So Dear to My Heart (1949)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Peter Pan (1953)
- Lady and the Tramp (1955)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
- Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (1964)
- The Man Called Flintstone (1966)
- A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
- Snoopy, Come Home (1972)
- Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
- It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969)
- Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971)
- You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972)
- There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973)
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
- It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974)
- It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974)
- Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)
- You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975)
- It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976)
- It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977)
- A Flintstone Christmas (1977)
- What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! (1978)
- The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (1987)
- Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears (1988)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985–1986)
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988–1991)
- Tom and Jerry Kids (1990–1993)
- 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.
- 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.
- Beck, Jerry (November 1, 2010). "Happy 97th Birthday, Don Lusk!". Cartoon Brew. United States: Cartoon Brew, LLC. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "Don Lusk". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hulett, Steve (October 28, 2013). "Happy 100th!". The Animation Guild. Burbank, California: Blogger. Retrieved November 21, 2013.