Richard Williams was famous for his work on the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the iconic Pink Panther cartoon.
Williams, a well known and loved animator, died on 16th August. His family announced that he had passed away at the age of 86 at his home located in Bristol.
The late animator had moved to UK in the 1950’s and worked on many animated movies. He worked as the animation director for the 1988 hit film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which earned the box office $329.8 million.
Williams also worked on A Christmas Carol (1971), the 1970’s title sequences for The Return Of The Pink Panther and The Pink Panther Strikes Again. In addition, the Canadian animator had been working on his feature film called, The Thief and the Cobbler which was unfinished at the time of his passing.
He won 3 Oscars and 3 Bafta awards during his career. His movie, A Christmas Carol, won him his first Oscar. His first film, The Little Island (1958), won him a Bafta.
Williams previously credited Snow White as it had a “tremendous impression” on him when he watched the animated film at the age of 5.
He stated during an interview with BBC in 2008, “I always wanted, when I was a kid, to get to Disney. I was a clever little fellow so I took my drawings and I eventually got in. They did a story on me, and I was in there for two days, which you can imagine what it was like for a kid,” Williams added.
Williams had also published a guide book called The Animator’s Survival Kit, during his lengthy career.
People took to Twitter to mourn the passing of the Pink Panther and Roger Rabbit animator. Many expressed their admiration for the late voice actor. Fans of the animator’s work were deeply saddened by news and stated that Williams had inspired them in many ways.
May Richard Williams rest in peace.
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