Don Lusk

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Don Lusk
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

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]


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, 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]


As animator[edit]



As director[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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