Donald R. Lusk
October 28, 1913
Burbank, California, United States
|Died||December 30, 2018 (aged 105)|
San Clemente, California, United States
|Occupation||Animator and director|
|Employer||Walt Disney Animation Studios (1933–1960)|
Donald Lusk (October 28, 1913 – December 30, 2018) was an American animator and director.
Lusk was hired by The Walt Disney Company in 1933 as an Inbetweener. He was 20 at the time. His first film as an animator was 1938's Ferdinand the Bull adapted from 1936's The Story of Ferdinand by author Munro Leaf. He worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Melody Time, So Dear to My Heart, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Lusk left Disney in 1960, but continued to work as an animator during the 1960s and 1970s. Aside from animation, Lusk also directed multiple cartoon films and series, including the Peanuts TV specials and movies and for the Hanna-Barbera studio. His work at the latter included The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Tom and Jerry.
In the early 1990s, Lusk retired after a career which spanned some 60 years.
Personal life and death
Lusk married Marge Lusk, who worked in the Personnel Department of Disney Studios in Burbank. The couple had two children. He died on December 30, 2018, in San Clemente, California, aged 105. Long time friend, Navah-Paskowitz Asner, announced the news of his death on social media.
As a Disney Animator for the Disney Films in 1933 - 1960
|Fantasia||Animator – Segments "The Nutcracker Suite" and "The Pastoral Symphony"|
|1946||Song of the South||Animator|
|1948||Melody Time||Character Animator|
|1949||So Dear to My Heart||Animator|
|The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad||Character Animator|
|1951||Alice in Wonderland||Character Animator|
|1952||Lambert the Sheepish Lion (Short)||Animator|
|Trick or Treat (Short)||Animator|
|1953||Peter Pan||Character Animator|
|Ben and Me (Short)||Animator|
|1955||Lady and the Tramp||Character Animator|
|1959||Sleeping Beauty||Character Animator|
|1954 – 1959||The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)||Animator – 5 Episodes|
|1961||One Hundred and One Dalmatians||Character Animator|
|2002||Mickey's House of Villains (Video)||Animator – Segment "Trick or Treat"|
As an Animator and a Director for the Hanna-Barbera TV Shows and Films
|1962 – 1963||The Jetsons||Animator||one episode|
|1964||Hey There, It's Yogi Bear!||Animator|
|1965 – 1967||Secret Squirrel||Animator||one episode|
|1966||Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?||Animator||TV movie|
|The Man Called Flintstone||Animator|
|1965 – 1968||Atom Ant||Animator||2 episodes|
|1968 – 1969||The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Animator||4 episodes|
|1977||A Flintstone Christmas||Animator||TV movie|
|1984 – 1989||Snorks||Director||Season 2 – 4|
|1985 – 1986||Galtar and the Golden Lance||Director|
|1985||The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo||Director||13 episodes|
|1985 – 1987||The Jetsons||Animation Director|
|1985 – 1986||Paw Paws||Director|
|1986 – 1988||The Flintstone Kids||Director|
|1986 – 1987||The New Adventures of Jonny Quest||Director|
|1987||Popeye and Son||Director||one episode|
|1985 – 1988||Yogi's Treasure Hunt||Director||one episode|
|1987||The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones||Director||TV movie|
|1986 – 1987||Pound Puppies||Director||26 episodes|
|1988||The New Yogi Bear Show||Director||unknown episodes|
|Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears||Director
|1985 – 1989||The Smurfs||Director||136 episodes|
|1991 – 1993||The Pirates of Dark Water||Director||21 episodes|
- Barlett, Rhett (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk, Animator on 'Pinocchio,' 'Fantasia' and Charlie Brown Specials, Dies at 105". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Valence Media). Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- Pederson, Erik (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk Dies: Disney Animator On 'Fantasia' & 'Bambi' Who Later Worked At Hsnna-Barbera Was 105". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- Beck, Jerry (November 1, 2010). "Happy 97th Birthday, Don Lusk!". Cartoon Brew. United States: Cartoon Brew, LLC. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "Don Lusk". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- Amidi, Amid (October 28, 2013). "Happy Birthday! Disney Animator Don Lusk Turns 100 Today!". Cartoon Brew. United States: Cartoon Brew, LLC. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Sippell, Margeaux (December 31, 2018). "Don Lusk, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Pinocchoi" Animator, Dies at 105". Variety. Los Angeles: Variety Media, LLC (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved January 8, 2019.
- Hulett, Steve (October 28, 2013). "Happy 100th!". The Animation Guild. Burbank, California: Blogger. Retrieved November 21, 2013.