Don Lusk Obituary

Stephen Martin brought this to our attention - Don Lusk, who was the last of Walt Disney’s original great animators and produced Alice’s hypnotic fall down the rabbit hole in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland film of 1951  died on 27th December 2018 aged 105.

Lusk was hired by The Walt Disney Company in 1933 as an Inbetweener. He was 20 at the time. His first film as an animator was 1938's Ferdinand the Bull adapted from 1936's The Story of Ferdinand by author Munro Leaf. He worked on Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, Song of the South, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland of course, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Lusk left Disney in 1960, but continued to work as an animator during the 1960s and 1970s. Aside from animation, Lusk also directed multiple cartoon films and series, including the Peanuts TV specials and movies and for the Hanna-Barbera studio. His work at the latter included The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, and Tom and Jerry.