Richard Williams, author of “The Animator’s Su…

Richard Williams, author of “The Animator’s Survival Kit” and animation director of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” died on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. 

Imogen Sutton, Williams’ wife, shared this tribute to Williams and his fans through his Twitter account this weekend:

“Mo here, Dick’s wife & long time collaborator. We’ve been blown away by the outpouring of love & affection from friends and fans all over the world. Dick would have been knocked out by the incredible recognition for him and his craft. Dick’s legacy lies in all his student’s work.”

The 86-year-old animator also created “The Thief and the Cobbler,” a personal project whose decades of work — he began animating the film in the 1960s — were nearly undone in 1995 when financial troubles caused the unfinished film to be recut into two versions without Williams’ involvement. A “recobbled cut” of the film as it appears to have been intended lives on Youtube (at this link). 

More about Williams’ “Animator’s Survival Kit” in all its forms: video, book and e-book, can be found at his website. 

– Courtney (harmonicacave)