Another end of our Childhood, after Gene Deitch, now Rob Gibbs, the man responsible for making our childhood as one of the best, has passed away at the age of 55.
The entertainment industry has lost another creator, Rob Gibbs, the man responsible for the magic that Pixar created throughout our childhood. The cause of his death is still not known. This Pixar director, story artist and writer worked on films like Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Onward, Monsters, Inc. and Incredibles 2.
Earlier Gene Deitch, an American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer has died. He was 95.
His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told Dene Deitch died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighborhood. No further details given. Deitch’s movie “Munro” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960.
He was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for “Here’s Nudnik” and “How to Avoid Friendship.” Earlier, he had created the “Tom Terrific” series, while the “Sidney’s Family Tree,” which he co-produced, nominated for an Academy Award in 1958.
Born Aug. 8, 1924, in Chicago, Deitch arrived in Prague in 1959 intending to stay for 10 days. But he fell in love with his future wife, Zdenka, and stayed in the Czechoslovakian capital. He directed 13 episodes of “Tom and Jerry” and also some of the “Popeye the Sailor” series.
He captured life in communist Czechoslovakia and later in the Czech Republic after the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution in his memoirs “For the Love of Prague.” In 2004, he received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation. Deitch survived by his wife and by three sons from his first marriage, all of whom are cartoonists and illustrators.