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Don Lusk, Disney Animator for 'Pinocchio,' 'Fantasia' and 'The Smurfs', Dies at 105

Updated On 03 Jan, 2019 Published On

Don Lusk, the prolific animator who animated multiple feature films during Disney's Golden Age, has died. He was 105.

His son, Skip Lusk, confirmed Lusk's death to The Hollywood Reporter. Skip told the publication that his father died from natural causes on Sunday, December 30, at his retirement home in San Clemente, California.

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Lusk was hired by Disney to work on both shorts and feature films. He worked on 13 classic films, including Pinocchio, Fantasia and The Smurfs.

Lusk left Disney in 1960 after which he worked on numerous Charlie Brown projects, including Charlie Brown, A Boy Named Charlie BrownRace for Your Life, Snoopy and Come Home.

Lusk also contributed to a number of Charlie Brown primetime specials which includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

His other Disney classics includes 1946's Song of the South, 1953's Peter Pan, 1955's Lady and the Tramp and 1959's Sleeping Beauty.

In addition to his son, Lusk is survived by his daughter Marilyn Lusk; grandchildren Erica and Jason; and great-grandchildren Conner, Kyler, Catalina and Kayla.

Funeral services for the late Disney animator will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Don Lusk!

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