Classic Disney animator Don Lusk passed the other day at the old age of 105 years. Lusk was known for working on a number of Disney classics such as Bambi, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, and Pinocchio. He was hired by Disney in 1933 and would also go on to work with Hanna-Barbera until his 1990’s retirement.
The Disney Animation Research Library put up a heartfelt post dedicated to the recently deceased animator detailing his prolific Disney animation repertoire while paying respects to Lusk and giving regards to his family.
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We are saddened by the loss of veteran Animator, Don Lusk; who passed away on the 30th of December. Don was considered the last surviving artist from Disney Animation’s early period. Don’s professional career started when he was employed by the Studio in 1933. Some of his more notable work included the feature films SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, PINOCCHIO, FANTASIA, BAMBI, SONG OF THE SOUTH, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, PETER PAN, LADY AND THE TRAMP, and SLEEPING BEAUTY. His other work for Disney included character animation on FARMYARD SYMPHONY, HOW TO FISH, FUN AND FANCY FREE, MELODY TIME (“Once Upon a Wintertime", "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" and "Trees" sequences), SO DEAR TO MY HEART, THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD (“The Wind in the Willows" sequence), LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION, TRICK OR TREAT, BEN AND ME, the DISNEYLAND episodes "The Donald Duck Story", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "A Day in the Life of Donald Duck", and "The Great Cat Family", and ONE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS. With the exception of military service and the animators strike, Don finished his work at the Studio by 1960. He continued to work as an animator during the 1960s and 1970s, most notably for the Hanna-Barbera studio. Don was 105 years young. Our sympathies and condolences go out to Don’s family, friends, and colleagues.
Lusk worked on a number of Peanuts television specials such as A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as series like The Smurfs and Pound Puppies. He was the last living animator from a period many regarded as the “Golden age” of Disney animation. His extensive list of career credits can be viewed here.
Don Lusk died on December 30th, 2018 in San Clemente, California.