Today the animation world mourns the loss of a great man. Director, animator, teacher and friend Richard Williams. Richard passed away at his home in Bristol on Friday, his family announced. Richard Williams was born on March 19, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Richard Edmund Williams. He is known for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), A Lecture on Man (1962) and The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) to name a few. Williams also animated the title sequences for the 1970s comedy classics The Return Of The Pink Panther and The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and worked on Casino Royale.

Photograph of Richard Williams animating a scene from "The Thief and the Cobbler," early 1992
Photograph of Richard Williams animating a scene from “The Thief and the Cobbler,” early 1992

We pay our respects to his legacy and will forever be in his debt for the joy and excitement he brought us. Your films and teachings will live on forever. You will be missed Mr. Williams. Rest in Peace.

Roger Rabbit and Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Roger Rabbit and Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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  1. Les Carpenter
    August 17, 2019 at 10:57 am —

    A sad day for animation fans around the world. RIP Mr. Williams.

  2. August 17, 2019 at 11:17 am —

    Felt Sad and Great Loss! 🙁 Rest in Peace Mr. Richard Williams.

  3. August 18, 2019 at 3:03 am —

    My Dad worked on the music on this film, groundbreaking at the time! RIP.

  4. Dennis Tamayo
    August 20, 2019 at 12:16 am —

    Eric Goldberg misses him too.

  5. Naomi
    October 31, 2019 at 8:29 pm —

    Omg, I has the biggest sad right now! The man who wrote the definitive animation book I live by like a personal bible and keep recommending to new traditional animators who are trying to figure it all out! I just wish he could have seen the full resurgence of traditional that all signs point to happening.

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