The art world was moved last week, as we were informed of the death of iconic English animator, John David Wilson, at the age of 93. Wilson was a household name in the animation world and is well known for his work during the 50’s and 60’s.
Back in the day he created animated shorts for Joni Mitchell, Jim Croce and Sonny & Cher – well before MTV arrived on our screens! After a stint in the armed forces he proceeded to move to the US and work for Disney, where he lent his skills to notable projects such as Peter Pan (1953), Lady & the Tramp (1955) and the Oscar-winning short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953). while occasionally working at UPA and Hanna-Barbera, helping out on such projects as Mr. Magoo and The Flintstones.
If you didn’t already know about him, check out this prolific list of his work, this man will go down in the history books as a true legend!