Don Lusk (1913-2018)

Don Lusk, one of the last living animators from the classic era of Disney passed away at 105. Don’s dearest friendĀ Navah Paskowitz-Asner passed along the news on her Facebook page this morning.

Lusk joined the Walt Disney Company at the age of 20 and became one of the most notable animators of the classic era. The legend is best known for his work on the Fish Dance in ā€œThe Nutcracker Suiteā€ inĀ Fantasia, Cleo the goldfish inĀ Pinocchio, the title character inĀ Alice in WonderlandĀ and Wendy inĀ Peter Pan.

In 1960, Lusk left Walt Disney to direct multiple cartoon films and series, most notably for variousĀ PeanutsĀ TV specials and movies and for theĀ Hanna-BarberaĀ studio. Some of his other works includeĀ Song of the South, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping BeautyĀ andĀ One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

After serving almost 60 years in the animation industry, Lusk retired during the early 1990s. The late Winsor McCay Award winner has contributed a lot to the industry and will forever be remembered.

Rest in Peace Don Lusk,Ā 1913-2018.

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