Richard “Dick” Lundy
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Dick LundyDate of birth:
14/08/1907Date of death:
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Dick Lundy was an animator and director, associated with several studios, including Disney, MGM and Walter Lantz Studio and is known as one of the creators of Donald Duck. In addition, he worked on two cartoon shorts that were nominated for Oscars, and worked on one that won.
Lundy started as a cel painter and in-betweener at Walt Disney Studio in 1929, but rose up the ranks to assist animator Burt Gillett and Norman Ferguson later that year, before becoming a full-fledged animator in 1930.
Lundy stayed through the Disney strike until 1943, working as an animator and as a director where he created characters animations for many Mickey Mouse cartoons produced between the 30′s, including cartoons such as The Shindig (1930), Playful Pluto (1934), Mickey’s Service Station (1935), and Thru The Mirror (1936).
In addition, Lundy helped animate the Silly Symphonies series, particularly The Ugly Duckling (1932), and Three Little Pigs (1933), both now-classics, and the latter of which won an Oscar. At the end of the 30′s, Lundy became a director, working on some of the best Donald Duck cartoons produced through the 40′s, such as The Riveter (1940), Donald’s Garden (1942), and Flying Jalopy (1943).
By 1943, Lundy left Disney to work for Walter Lantz, where he inked the popular Andy Panda series before taking it on as a director from 1945-49. Lundy also handled the direction of Lantz’ Musical Miniature series, featuring classical music, and various characters from Lantz studio, like Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda. Lundy also directed 11 Woody Woodpecker cartoons, including Bathing Buddies (1946), Smoked Hams (1947), which co-starred Wally Walrus, and Banquet Busters in 1948.
After the departure of Tex Avery from MGM in 1950, Lundy was hired to replace him and worked there for a year on the Droopy cartoon, and was tasked to revitalize the Barney Bear series, more popular in its heyday. Lundy left MGM in October 1951.
Later on in his career, Lundy worked as an animator for Hanna-Barbera Productions, and worked on the studio’s best-known animations syndicated for television, such as The Flintstones series, Loopy de Loop, The New Adventures of Huck Finn, The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972-74), and on two feature length animations, The Man Called Flintstone (1966) and Charlotte’s Web (1973).
Lundy retired in 1973, but continued to do freelance work, including on the first X-rated cartoon feature Fritz the Cat.
He passed away at the age of 82 in San Diego, California.
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