Toronto, Ontario 1933: It was March 19th and a young woman was about to give birth to a true artist. 86 years later with heavy hearts we have to say until next time to the great Richard Williams.
At his home in St. Andrews, Bristol, the last hours were spent writing and animating, Williams was true to himself until the end passing from complications with the C word, his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said.
Natasha is quoted saying:
“He really was an inspiration to everyone that met him.” “Whether they were animators, or from the top to the bottom of society.”
Williams made an impact on this planet while he was here, it all started when he was just 5 years old. One day Richard and his mother went to the movies to see the animated “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Williams was forever changed.
“It just knocked me out,” “I said, that’s what I want to do; that’s what I have to do.” In 1988 that’s what Williams told The New York Times.
50 plus years Richards spent in the business, that’s some serious longevity. Along the paved path, he’s made sure to help along and guide young animators. Through his teachings the renowned animator can live on through his students.
You can find Richard Williams work here:
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Pink Panther,” “The Return Of The Pink Panther,” “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” “Casino Royale,” (1967) and in 1971 TV short “A Christmas Carol.”
Roger And His Work
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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