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RIP Earl Kress

by on September 19, 2011

Mark Evanier reports the sad news that Earl Kress, animation writer, storyboard artist, actor, and historian, has passed away at the age of 60 from cancer.

Earl’s animation career began in the mid ’70s and included writing and storyboarding credits for The Oddball Couple, Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania, The Transformers, Pound Puppies, Pinky and the Brain, Road Rovers, the modern Looney Tunes short “Little Go Beep”, and more. His last credited work was the direct-to-video film Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes. He also studied under legendary voice actor Daws Butler, and was frequently involved in classic animation DVD sets and as an officer of animation guild Local 839.

On a personal note, he frequently posted as Daws Butler Jr. at TZ’s sister site, Golden Age Cartoons, and his perspective and insight into the animation process were always appreciated.

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