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The passing of a Pixar veteran.

Bud Luckey, rest in peace

Posted by Simoa • February 25, 2018

Bud Luckey, one of Pixar’s key animators, passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Bud Luckey (July 28th, 1934 – February 24th, 2018). Photo via Animated Views.

If you didn’t know his name or his face, you certainly knew his voice. He portrayed Agent Rick Dicker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3, and Eeyore in Disney’s 2011 Winnie the Pooh film. His voice was so well suited to those stoic, frowning Pixar characters. As Jerry Beck reports at Animation Scoop, Luckey had also recorded his lines for Toy Story 4.

Luckey’s mark can also be seen in the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, and Ratatouille, with his character designs. He is credited as the creator and designer of our favorite cowboy, Sheriff Woody.

 

Boundin‘, the 2004 short film that premiered with The Incredibles was also written and directed by Luckey, who provided the voice of the bouncing jackalope. The film’s song with its catchy refrain was performed by Luckey on banjo. Boundin’ has abundant charm even if it’s not one of Pixar’s glossier efforts, and it’s all the more impressive with Luckey’s triple duties as director, narrator, and performer. You can watch the short with Luckey’s commentary in the following video.

In addition to Pixar, Luckey was a Sesame Street animator and storyboard artist. Luckey also illustrated numerous children’s books, including Disney’s Golden Books.

Luckey is survived by his son Andy Luckey, who posted the news on facebook. You can read his tribute below.

With great sadness I announce the passing of my Dad: Bud Luckey.

My Dad was best known for his work in animation (PIXAR/Disney/Sesame Street) and as a voice actor (Eeyore, Agent Rick Dicker, Chuckles the Clown et al.). He loved his work but got even greater satisfaction from seeing others enjoy it.

He’ll be deeply missed by his friends, family and colleagues to whom he was just “Bud.” His kind and easy
going demeanor led his PIXAR colleagues to dub him “Bud Low-Key.”

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

In lieu of flowers our family encourages donations to The California Institute of The Arts — Bud Luckey Scholarship Fund.

He will be missed at Pixar and beyond. We want to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.

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Don Rickles, beloved voice of Mr. Potato Head, dies

Don Rickles, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, rest in peace, Toy Story

Posted by Simoa • April 7, 2017

Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

Don Rickles, the famous and lovable “insult comic” has died at age 90. Although his career began in the 1950s, with supporting roles in films, he is primarily beloved by Pixar fans as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films. Rickles died of kidney failure, as reported by the LA Times.

Lee Unkrich shared his memories of Rickles, and noted with fondness the insults he received while they worked together.

A moving tribute by John Lasseter was also shared by Pixar earlier today.

Don Rickles truly was a member of the Pixar family. Just try to imagine the Toy Story films without the singular presence, wit, and directness of Mr. Potato Head. His impact on other comedians and actors can’t possibly be overstated. He will be dearly missed.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this time.

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Daniel Gerson, RIP

Bob Peterson, Daniel Gerson, Pixar Employees, rest in peace

Posted by Simoa • February 8, 2016

Image via Variety/Disney

Sad news today coming out of Emeryville. Daniel Gerson, screenwriter on Pixar films Monsters, Inc., Monsters University, and the latest Inside Out died at his home this past Saturday. Gerson was 49, and Variety reports, lost a battle with brain cancer. Gerson also received writing credit on Disney’s Big Hero 6 and voiced the desk sergeant in that film. Fans of Pixar may also note with delight and sadness that he lent his voice to the hilarious pair Needleman and Smitty in Monsters, Inc.

Gerson graduated from Cornell University with an English degree and worked on NBC’s “Something So Right” as a staff writer following graduation. He’s survived by his wife and parents as well as two children.

No doubt Gerson’s death is keenly felt at Pixar and Disney. He played an integral role in bringing some of the greatest animated films to life.


Donations in memory of Daniel Gerson can be made here.

We want to extend our deepest condolences to the Gerson family during this difficult time.

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