December 15, 2021
Famed Animation Historian and Prolific Author Giannalberto Bendazzi has Passed Away!

The Animation Hall Of Fame family is sad to acknowledge the passing of famed animation historian and prolific author Giannalberto Bendazzi. He died on December 13, 2021, he was 75.
Bendazzi was known worldwide as one of the most esteemed animation historians as well as being an author of numerous books and articles. His most well-known writings are the books Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation and the three-volume encyclopedic Animation – A World History.
Bendazzi was born in Ravenna Italy on 17 July 1946. After completing his basic education studies, he studied law at the University of Milan. Upon graduating at the age of 21 instead of practicing law he chose journalism and became the youngest Italian daily film critic.
He soon became dissatisfied with journalism and turned to writing about the love and joy had for animation and live action films. In the mid 1980's he decided to concentrate completely on the study of animation, and authored over 30 books in various areas of animation as well as numerous essays. This led him to becoming the foremost authority on animation in non-western countries such as Latin and South America and the Caribbean.
Giannalberto eventually taught at the Università degli Studi di Milano from 2002 to 2009, then from January 2013 to January 2015, he was a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Additionally, since 2001 he had been an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
He was a founding member of the Society for Animation Studies, an international organization dedicated to the study of animation history and theory that began in 1987.
Thank you for giving us so much of your knowledge and wisdom.  

November 22, 2021
Renowned Veteran Voice Actor and Former ASIFA President Will Ryan has Passed Away!

The Animation Hall Of Fame family is sad to acknowledge the passing of renowned voice actor and former ASIFA President Will Ryan. He died on November 19, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer; he was 72.
During a nearly four-decade renaissance career, Ryan earned well over 100 screen credits, while receiving nominations for a Prime Time Emmy and a Writers Guild award. In 2000, Ryan developed and created the first online animated series, Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective.
He began his voice-acting career in the early 1980s, with roles as Rabbit and Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh series Welcome to Pooh Corner. In 1987 he voiced the role of Petrie in Universal's animated classic The Land Before Time. Other notable voice roles included Willie the Giant in many Disney productions over the years, the Duck Brothers in Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Barnaby the Dog in Dumbo's Circus.
Ryan was also an accomplished musician and songwriter, who contributed songs to numerous animated productions.
He is survived by his wife, Niparko Ryan, and three siblings – Patty Ryan, Marsha Ryan Russo, and George Ryan.  

November 15, 2021
Another Generous Stop Motion Artifacts Donation By Leigh Rayner From His Father, Joe Rayner's, Extensive Celebrated Career!

The Animation Hall of Fame is once again honored and excited to announce the donation of the great stop motion animation and visual effects Director, Producer, Studio Founder/Owner, Technician, and Inventor Joe Rayner by his son Leigh Rayner.
This donation includes from the legendary Cascade Pictures Of California, C.P.C. & Associates, and Coast Effects television commercial animation and visual effects production studios 61 16mm commercial and demo reel masters and 1 16mm sub master reel with the only known existing stop motion and visual effects tests from the 1962 fantasy film Jack the Giant Killer.
Animation Hall of Fame CEO, Chairman, and Co-founder Hal Miles created and animated a few of these pieces both when he was hired at his first Hollywood studio position at Cascade Pictures Of California and then over the following decades at C.P.C. & Associates and Coast Effects. Hal Miles; "My fondest memories of working in the entertainment industry has and will always be my work at Cascade Pictures Of California, C.P.C. & Associates, Coast Effects, and Trio Effects and especially with Joe. We actually were so much alike in that we both loved our work and always had a passion for it."
Everyone at the Animation Hall Of Fame would like to thank Leigh Rayner once again for his extremely generous donation!
The Animation Hall of Fame is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. This major donation of Art and Artifacts enhances the Animation Hall of Fame existing worldwide collection and extends its historical archives even further; helping to fulfill our goal of preservation & education on the history and continuing significance of animation throughout the world and the people who create and inspire it.  

October 28, 2021
International Animation Day!

Don't forget that today is International Animation Day! International Animation Day (IAD) was an international observance proclaimed in 2002 by the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA) as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation. This day commemorates the first public performance of Charles-Émile Reynaud's Théâtre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892.