The Saturday Morning Historical Reenactment Society weblog has noted the passing of Hal Sutherland on January 16, 2014, due to health complications from a gall bladder issue. Sutherland began his career in animation in 1954 working with Disney on Sleeping Beauty, before moving on to Larry Harmon Pictures where he met Lou Schiemer. The pair (with Norm Prescott) went on to co-found the Filmation animation studio in 1962, where his credits included directing a number of episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, The Adventures of Batman, The Batman/Superman Hour, and Aquaman. He went into semi-retirement in 1974 to focus on fine-art painiting, although he still worked on a number of Filmation TV series and films, including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night.
(via Mark Evanier’s weblog)