Richard Thompson (animator)

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Richard "Dick" Thompson (26 August 1914 – 12 June 1998) was an American animator who worked at several animated cartoon departments over a career of four decades. His longest association was with Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. Cartoons and MGM Animation/Visual Arts. He also worked at Hanna-Barbera and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. Notably, Thompson worked as an animator on Chuck Jones' Road Runner cartoons: "In one of the most often cited discussions of the Road Runner cartoons, Richard Thompson suggests a way to think about this unusual characteristic when he describes how "Road Runner films rank among the most austerely pared-down works of modern art. His work on Tom and Jerry is really good too., He animated two Peanuts cartoons like He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and also he animated two Babar TV Specials by Mendelson-Melendez Productions like The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant and Babar Comes to America.

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