Jack Zander

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Jack Zander
Born May 3, 1908
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Died December 17, 2007 (age 99)
Pound Ridge, New York, United States
Occupation Animator
Years active 1930–1984

Arthur Jack Zander (May 3, 1908 – December 17, 2007)[1] was an American animator whose career lasted from the "golden age" of theatrical animation into the 1980s.


Jack Zander was born on May 3, 1908 in Kalamazoo, Michigan as Arthur Jack Zander. Among the cartoons he helped animate were Puss Gets the Boot (1940), The Midnight Snack (1941) The Night Before Christmas (1941), Fraidy Cat (1942), Fine Feathered Friend (1942), War Dogs (1943) and Sufferin' Cats! (1943). He joined the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio in 1937, and worked on MGM cartoons based on comic strips, including The Captain and the Kids and Count Screwloose. He also worked on Harman-Ising cartoons at MGM, including The Little Goldfish (1939), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1939), The Mad Maestro (1939) and the Barney Bear series.

He left MGM in 1942.

In 1970, he formed Zander's Animation Parlour in New York City where he made commercials for AT&T, the U.S. Postal Service, Kraft Foods, Arm & Hammer, Pepsi, Visine, and more until his retirement. In 1984, he created "Tippi Turtle", an obnoxious character who enjoyed playing practical jokes, in three animated shorts Saturday Night Live.[2][3]


Zander was nominated for an Outstanding Animated Program Emmy in 1981 for Gnomes, and in 1984 he won the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists' Golden Award.


Zander died at his home in New York on December 17, 2007.



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