• R.I.P. Don Jurwich (animation writer/producer/director)

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Fri Aug 6 13:11:40 2021
    From Variety.com ...

    Don Jurwich, Animation Writer-Director-Producer, Dies At 87
    Don Jurwich, a longtime writer-director-producer at Hanna-Barbera
    and Marvel Productions, died July 13 of natural causes. He was 87.

    Starting his career in animation as a layout and background
    artist, Jurwich worked his way up in storyboarding, eventually
    becoming a producer and director.

    While working at Hanna-Barbera, Jurwich produced and directed
    "Scooby Doo," "The Superfriends," "Captain Caveman, "Richie Rich,"
    "Fonz and the Happy Days Gang," along with one hour prime-time
    special, "Scooby Goes Hollywood."

    At Marvel, Jurwich directed "Spiderman and His Amazing Friends."
    He also produced 85 half-hour episodes of "G.I. Joe," along with
    the miniseries "G.I. Joe: The Movie," which was later released as
    a feature film.

    Over the course of his 40-year career, Jurwich contributed to
    animated series including "Road Runner," "The Pink Panther,"
    "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "The Flintstones," "George The Jungle,"
    "Yogi Bear," "Tom & Jerry" - along with their mini-me successor,
    the "Tom & Jerry Kids Show." Jurwich also produced the
    Emmy-nominated Saturday morning series, "The Smurfs," along with
    "The Smurf Christmas Special" and worked on the cult classic
    "Heavy Metal."

    As a director, Jurwich had the opportunity to work with greats
    such as Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Don Messick (Scooby Doo), Casey
    Kasem and Ringo Starr.

    Jurwich's career in animation afforded him the opportunity to
    live and work in foreign countries such as Mexico, Japan, Korea
    and Canada. Jurwich also worked as an art consultant for the UCLA
    Spanish department and taught classes in storyboarding at Art
    Center College of Design. Although he made his living working in
    cartoons, Jurwich's passion was fine art, and he dedicated himself
    to drawing and painting full-time after retiring - culminating in
    two successful art shows at the Animation Guild in Burbank.

    A movie lover, Jurwich was a member of the Motion Picture Academy
    for decades.

    He is survived by his wife, Edna, his son, Stephen, his daughter,
    Jennifer, his son-in-law, Paul and his grandson Kyle.

    A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m. at
    Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park in Westlake


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