September 16, 2022
Acclaimed Independent Israeli Animation Director Gil Alkabetz has passed away!

The Animation Hall Of Fame family is sad to acknowledge the passing of the greatest Israeli independent animation director Gil Alkabetz. He died on September 15, 2022, after taking his own life; he was 65.
Gil Alkabetz was born on December 2, 1957 in Mashabei Sade Kibbutz, Israel. He studied Graphic Design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and he graduated with honors in 1983. His graduation film, Bitz Butz, received awards at numerous international festivals.
After graduating, Alkabetz worked in an animation studio Frame by Frame in Jerusalem for numerous years. Additionally at this time he worked as a freelance animator and illustrator and taught at various art schools in Israel, United States, Switzerland, and Germany.
In 1995 Alkabetz moved to Stuttgart, where he was an independent filmmaker and also served as a professor of animation at the Konrad Wolf Film University Babelsberg in Potsdam.
His best-known and critically acclaimed films are 2005's Morir de Amor, which won awards at numerous international festivals, and Rubicon (1997), which screened in competition at Cannes, Alkabetz's animated shorts include Swamp (1992 - Special Jury Prize, Ottawa International Animation Festival), Yankale (1996), Ein sonniger Tag (2007), Wollmond (2009), Der Da Vinci Timecode (2009), One Stormy Night (2019), and Beseder (2021). Notable among his commissioned projects were his collaboration with the director Tom Tykwer on animation clips for the acclaimed feature film Run Lola Run, and his design of Bamba's baby mascot, one of the most well-known animated characters in Israeli advertising.
Alkabetz was a member of the German Film Academy and currently had worked as Guest Professor at the Film & Television Academy HFF <Konrad Wolf> in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
Alkabetz is survived by his wife Nurit Israeli and his son Mika, as well as his father, a brother, and a sister.  

August 29, 2022
American Animation Director, Animator, Art Director, Storyboard Artist, and Production Designer Ralph Eggleston has passed away!

The Animation Hall Of Fame family is sad to acknowledge the passing of one of the most talented and versatile animation artist Ralph Eggleston. He died on August 28, 2022, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer; he was 56.
Ralph Eggleston was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 18, 1965. After graduating from high school in 1983 he attended the California Institute of the Arts and in 1986 he graduated from the Film/Video major with honors.
After graduating his first significant contribution in the entertainment industry was as the chief animator under director Brad Bird for the 1987 episode "Family Dog" for Steven Spielberg's anthology series Amazing Stories. Following this project he worked as an animator for Kroyer Films on numerous projects for television and film in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including serving as art director for the 1992 film FernGully: The Last Rainforest. He also worked as an animator on several projects with Walt Disney Animation Studios, including the films Aladdin, The Lion King, and Pocahontas.
In 1992 Eggleston was hired as an art director at the now legendary Pixar animation studio. His first assignment was to help develop Pixar's first animated feature film Toy Story. After Toy Story he continued to design or art directed on numerous other Pixar films such as A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, WALL-E, and Inside Out. Additionally in 2000 he wrote and directed the Pixar short film For the Birds, which won the Academy Award For Best Animated Short in 2002.
Over the many years of his career Eggleston was awarded other numerous awards and accolades for his work. These included Toy Story, for which he won his first Annie Award, for Best Individual Achievement: Production Design. This would be followed by three more Annie Awards: Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Feature for Finding Nemo in 2004; Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production for Inside Out in 2015; and the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in 2016. He was also honored with the VIEW Visionary Award in 2019.
Thank you so much for giving and sharing with us your visionary talent, which we will continue to enjoy and cherish.  

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August 24, 2022
Famed Filmmaker And Oscar-Nominated Animator Gerald Potterton has passed away!

The Animation Hall Of Fame family is sad to acknowledge the passing of British–Canadian director, writer, producer and animator Gerald Potterton. He died on August 23, 2022; he was 91.
Potterton was born in London, England on March 8, 1931. After finishing secondary school he attended the Hammersmith College of Art and Building. He excelled in not only the fine arts, but also the newly developed entertainment arts program specializing in animation and live action production. After graduating he stared working as an assistant animator for various animation studios in London. In 1954 he was given the opportunity to join the National Film Board of Canada and to work alongside the pioneers of NFB animation. So he emigrated from England to permanently live in Cowansville, Quebec, Canada.
While at the NFB he created animation for NFB films in the 50s before directing his own classic shorts, including the Stephen Leacock adaptation My Financial Career and Christmas Cracker (co-directed with Norman McLaren, Jeff Hale and Grant Munro), both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. Potterton also made his mark in live-action comedy with The Ride and the multi-award-winning film-without-words The Railrodder, starring the great Buster Keaton in one of his last film roles.
During these many years he helped develop and was part of a new wave of storytelling; one that was fresh and irreverent; and he brought great wit and creativity to every project. He was also a builder, helping to lay the foundation for the independent Canadian animation industry.
In 1966 he returned to England to work on the animated Beatles feature Yellow Submarine, followed by a collaboration with Harold Pinter on the innovative NBC TV special Pinter People, during which he began a lifelong friendship and collaboration with actor Donald Pleasence.
In 1969 he returned to Canada and formed Potterton Productions. It was a prolific independent production house for film and TV projects, including his animated short Oscar Wilde adaptation of The Selfish Giant, which netted him his third Oscar nomination.
In 1979 producer Ivan Reitman approached Potterton about the possibility of directing and heading up the animation for an animated feature film he was producing called Heavy Metal. Potterton knew about the Heavy Metal magazine that the film was to be based on and did like the drawings in the various issues that he had seen. He took on the project convincing Reitman to not just tell the centralized ninety minute story in one style, but to tell five or six different stories just like in the magazine and tied together with one binding element. By the films completion, Potterton had not only directed the film, but also supervised the work of more than 65 animators in Canada, England and the U.S. It was released in the summer of 1981 to both critical acclaim and as a financial success.
After Heavy Metal Potterton collaborated with the NFB once again. This time on his second Leacock adaptation, The Awful Fate of Melpomenus Jones, and co-created the animated children's series Smoggies.
In the decades that followed he would once again take up painting and was known for his historically accurate aviation paintings and extraordinary skies. He remained active and prolific into the 21st century, continuing to develop film and TV projects as well as pursuing other artistic endeavors from his farm in Knowlton, Quebec. In 2020, he wrote and illustrated a popular children's book about Joseph-Armand Bombardier, L'homme des neiges, published by Éditions Québec Amérique.
Potterton was nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada animated shorts My Financial Career and Christmas Cracker, and as producer for The Selfish Giant. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; selected by the World Animation Celebration in 1998 as one of "Ten Men Who Have Rocked the Animation World". Additionally, there have been over a dozen retrospectives and lifetime honors for his work in recent years, including at the 1994 Ottawa Animation Film Festival and the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as in India in 2000.
Thank you so much for giving us so many great memorable animation and film moments throughout your many decades of creation and work. Your inspiring visionary talents will continue on through everyone that you have touched.  

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