March 07, 2020

IN REMEMBRANCE: 2019


This weekend we pay our final respects to those we've lost from Saturday mornings. We've paid tribute to some when their deaths were announced throughout the year, but this is our chance to remember those we missed because the reports came in late or weren't widely publicized. You may know some of their names, you may not recognize all of their faces, but they all played a part in shaping our Saturdays.




Bob Einstein (January 2) – Actor, writer and producer. He was primarily known for the recurring character of inept stuntman Super Dave Osborne, who was given his own short-lived Saturday morning program, Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire. He not only voiced the character and portrayed him in live-action segments, but also served as a writer and producer.



“Mean” Gene Okerlund (January 2) – Professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. Known primarily for his time with the World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE), he was one of the featured personalities in the animated series, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. He appeared both in live-action segments and as one of the characters featured in the animated segments; however, he didn’t provide his character’s voice.



William Morgan Sheppard (January 6) – Actor. Portrayed Lawrence Limburger in both the original and the reboot of Biker Mice From Mars; King Kenneth, Odin and Petros Xanatos in Gargoyles, as well as a security guard and Radar in an episode of the follow-up, The Goliath Chronicles; Asteroth in The Mighty Ducks; Captain Bloodbeard in Timon & Pumbaa; and Sardath in Young Justice.



Henry Sharp (January 9) – Writer. He wrote episodes of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Super Friends (1973), Valley of the Dinosaurs and Korg: 70,000 B.C.



Bradley Bolke (January 15) – Actor. Starred in The New Casper Cartoon Show as The Ghostly Trio, Witch and well over a dozen minor characters; Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales as Chumley Walrus, Flunky, Jerboa Jump, Peanut and Platypus; and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie episodes “The Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters” and “The Red Baron” as Norman and Shmitzel, respectively.



Carol Channing (January 15) – Actor and singer. Known primarily for her musical and stage roles, she did provide her voice to several animated projects. On Saturdays, she starred as Grandmama Addams in the 1992 version of The Addams Family cartoon and provided additional voices for Where’s Waldo? She also appeared as herself in two episodes of both Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street and guest-starred in an episode of the original Magic School Bus as Cornelia C. Contralto II.



Dick Miller (January 30) – Actor. Although primarily a live-action actor, he did lend his voice to two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series as Boxcars “Boxy” Bennett, and the spin-off movie, Mask of the Phantasm, as Chuckie Sol.




Kinryû Arimoto (February 1) – Actor. Provided the original Japanese voices for Ford and Denjiro in episodes of Pokémon.



Joseph Sirola (February 10) – Actor. Provided the voice for Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four (1967).



Jan-Michael Vincent (February 10) – Actor. Best-known for his 80’s role in Airwolf, part of Vincent’s early career was spent as Lincoln “Link” Simmons in the Danger Island segment of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.



Cleon Anton (February 18) – Served as the script supervisor for The Secrets of Isis and the “My Dear Uncle Sherlock” episode of ABC Weekend Specials.



Katherine Helmond (February 23) – Actor. Although her work was primarily on screen, she did provide the voices of Connie Stromwell in the “It’s Never Too Late” episode of Batman: The Animated Series and Mildred in the “My Fair Rebound” episode of Pound Puppies (2010).



Aron Tager (February 28) – Actor. Played Anselm in Saban’s Adventures of the Little Mermaid; Dr. Shreek in an episode of Goosebumps; Master of Zenn-La in Silver Surfer; and Sir Theodore Boarmaster in Jane and the Dragon. He also had various roles in The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, Stickin’ Around and Blaster’s Universe.



Luke Perry (March 4) – Actor. He became a household name and teen heartthrob starring in Beverly Hills 90210 and stayed mostly in on-camera roles, but he did occasionally branch out into voicing animation. He starred as Napoleon Brie in Biker Mice from Mars and its revival, Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Stewart Walldinger in three episodes of Pepper Ann and Fang in an episode of Pound Puppies (2010). He also provided additional voices for The Legend of Calamity Jane.



Chris Benson (March 9) – Actor. Appeared as Uncle Al in the two-part episode “Welcome to Camp Nightmare” from Goosebumps.



Tom K. Ryan (March 12) – Cartoonist. Wrote and drew the newspaper comic strip Tumbleweeds that was featured in an episode of Fabulous Funnies.



Larry DiTillio – (March 16) - Writer. He wrote for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, Galaxy High School (for which he was also the story editor), Superman (1988), The California Raisin Show, The Real Ghostbusters, Swamp Thing, Peter Pan and the Pirates and Conan: The Adventurer.



Richard Erdman (March 16) – Actor. He voiced a pirate, the mayor and a man in “The Secret World of Og” episode of ABC Weekend Specials; a travel agent in an episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; an angry neighbor in an episode of Pound Puppies (1986); Mayor Rufus B. Pinfeathers and King Arty in two episodes of DuckTales (1987); and Elliot in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. He also provided additional voices for Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Space Stars, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, The Dukes, Galtar and the Golden Lance, Wildfire, The Smurfs, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Popeye and Son, The Flintstone Kids, The New Yogi Bear Show, Snorks, and The Pirates of Dark Water. 



Joseph Pilato (March 24) – Actor. He provided the voice of Vexor in BeetleBorgs and MetalGreymon in Digimon: Digital Monsters and Digimon Adventure 2.



Maury Laws (March 28) – Composer. He created the music for The King Kong Show and four episodes of the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, and served as the musical director for The Jackson 5ive, The Osmonds and Kid Power.



Allan Cole (March 29) – Writer. Wrote the “Castaway Smurfs” segment of an episode of The Smurfs.



Don Morgan (March 31) – Artist. He provided storyboards for ChalkZone; served as art director for an episode of ABC Weekend Specials, Rude Dog and the Dweebs, Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes; character designer for two episodes of ABC Weekend Specials, The New Shmoo, an episode of Laverne & Shirley in the Army, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (both for which he also supervised), an episode of CBS Storybreak and Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies; layout supervisor for The New Fred and Barney Show, Casper and the Angels, The World’s Greatest Superfriends, Godzilla (1979), Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show, The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Kwicky Koala Show, Super Friends (1980), Space Stars and The Smurfs; and was a layout artist for Harlem Globetrotters and Jeannie.



Ernest Harada (April 5) – Actor. He starred as Mr. Fuji in Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling and Mr. Limp in The Addams Family (1992). He also provided voices for Richie Rich, The Dukes, The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, Shirt Tales, CBS Storybreak, The Smurfs and The Karate Kid (1989).



Georgia Engel (April 12) – Actor. She guest-starred as Cassandra’s mother Evelyn in 2 episodes of Disney’s Hercules series.




Robert Lussier (April 19) – Actor. Played Kurt Klinsinger in The Kids From CAPER and Mr. Stuple and Heister in two different episodes of ABC Weekend Specials.



John Moxey (April 29) – Director. Directed the “Tales of the Nunundaga” episode of ABC Weekend Specials.



John Singleton (April 29) – Director, producer, writer and sometimes actor. While best-known for the films he’s worked on such as Boyz in the Hood, Shaft and Four Brothers, at the beginning of his career he was a production assistant for Pee-wee’s Playhouse.



Peter Mayhew (April 30) – Actor. Mayhew was primarily known for his originating the role of Chewbacca the Wookie in the Star Wars franchise, which he played in almost every live-action Star Wars production. He also had some involvement in The Clone Wars for an episode where Chewbacca appeared.



Chris Reccardi (May 2) – Artist, writer and musician. Served as a character layout artist and storyboard artist on several episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, an animator on an episode of The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, a storyboard artist for an episode of Casper and several episodes of The Woody Woodpecker Show, and a writer and storyboard director for several episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants.



Rick Bennett (May 6) - Actor, director and teacher. He provided the voice of the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Animated Series and subsequent video games as well as Colossus; Votrick in Silver Surfer; and Ares in Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend. He also provided additional voices for the Ultraforce cartoon.



Clement von Franckenstein (May 9) – Actor. Played Daddy in the “Back to School” episode of The Weird Al Show.



Pua Magasiva (May 11) – Actor. Portrayed the Red Wind Ranger/Shane Clarke in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, its video game tie-in, and in the crossover episodes of Power Rangers DinoThunder.



Robert Hackborn (May 13) – Art director for several Sesame Street videos.



Tim Conway (May 14) – Actor, writer and producer. Best known for his roles in The Carol Burnett Show and McHale’s Navy, Conway appeared as himself in an episode of Sesame Street and The New Scooby-Doo Movies, as Griffin in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series, and had the recurring role of Barnacle Boy in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.



Bobby Diamond (May 15) – Actor. Played Tor in Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor and provided voices for an episode of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie and Emergency +4.



Alistair Browning (June 2) – Actor. Played Real Skourous in an episode of Young Hercules, Green Monster in an episode of Power Rangers S.P.D., and starred as the Silver Ranger/Zenowing in Power Rangers Dino Charge.



Malcolm “Dr. John” Rebennack (June 6) – Musician. He provided a song to the LP In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record and a recycling PSA he took part in, “Yaekty Yak – Take it Back”, aired occasionally on Sesame Street after its initial airing on MTV. He voiced the titular Yak in the PSA.



Nonnie Griffin (June 7) – Actor. Played Shodu in Star Wars: Ewoks and Funshine Bear in the Nelvana Care Bears series.



Sean McCann (June 13) – Actor. Played Marlowe in Wild C.A.T.S.: Covert Action Teams.



Milton Quon (June 18) – Visual effects artist-turned-actor. Though he didn’t have many roles, he did appear in a Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers episode as a Korean man.



Max Wright (June 26) – Actor. Played Herbie Hinkle in an episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.



Arte Johnson (July 3) – Actor and comedian. Voiced Super Scuba in The Super 6; Misterjaw in The Pink Panther Show; Rhubarb in The Houndcats; Weerd in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; Count Ray and Dr. Ludwig von Strangeduck in DuckTales (1987); Devil Smurf, Custodian of Avalon and additional voices in The Smurfs; Lou and Top Cat in Yo Yogi!; and Newt, delivery guy and German dog in Animaniacs; and provided additional voices in Pac-Man, The Dukes, Foofur, The Flintstone Kids, The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, Snorks and Tom & Jerry Kids Show. He also created Baggy Pants & the Nitwits, in which he starred as Tyrone.



Cameron Boyce (July 6) – Actor. Reprised his role of Luke Ross from Jessie in two episodes of Bunk’d and played The Shocker in an episode of Marvel’s Spider-Man.



Rip Torn (July 9) – Actor. While predominantly a screen actor, he also did some voice work including providing various voices for The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.



Jim Malinda (July 23) – Actor. Starred as Korg in Korg: 70,000 B.C.



Justin Cody Slaton (July 24) – Actor. Portrayed young Bulk in several episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.



Russi Taylor (July 26) – Actor. Best known as the permanent voice of Minnie Mouse since 1986, as well as Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Along with their portrayal in various media, she played Minnie in Mickey Mouse Works, House of Mouse and Mickey Mouse (2103) and Huey, Dewey and Louie in DuckTales (1987), Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue and Mickey Mouse (2013).

She also had a long career on Saturday mornings. Her various roles included Pebbles Flintstone and Cavemouse in The Flintstone Comedy Show; Barbie Winslow in Heathcliff (1981); Pac-Baby in Pac-Man; Hasty and Leota in episodes of ABC Weekend Specials; Gonzo, Robin and Captain Blackwig the Blue Pirette in Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies; Rex’s owner in the “Chocolate Fever” episode of CBS Storybreak; Hilda Brewski in an episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo; Amber the Fairie Dragon in an episode of Dungeons & Dragons; Grover’s Mommy in Five Sesame Street Stories; Beehonie and Donna in an episode of Kissyfur; Ralphie in Little Clowns of Happytown; Melissa, Candy and Chinook Puppy in episodes of Pound Puppies (1986); a girl in an episode of Yogi’s Treasure Hunt; Lana Lang in an episode of Superman (1988); Laura in an episode of The Smurfs; Webby Vanderquack in DuckTales and in an episode of Raw Toonage; a Louisiana Boy in an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987); Ethalyn, Emmadryl and Madame Placebo in episodes of Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears; a woman in an episode of Disney’s Aladdin; a fairy and a puppet in an episode of The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa; kids and voices in The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat; a tour guide in an episode of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries; Beck and an old lady in episodes of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command; Clara Cluck in Mickey Mouse Works and House of Mouse, where she also played Fairy Godmother and Fauna; Fauna and Winifred in episodes of Sofia the First; Lorbs, Florina and Lorb Guard in episodes of Tangled: The Series; and Young Donald in an episode of DuckTales (2017).

She also provided additional voices in The Little Rascals, Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz, The Littles, Saturday Supercade, Jim Henson’s Little Muppet Monsters, The Smurfs, Dink the Little Dinosaur, Rick Moranis in Gravedale High, TaleSpin, Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa, What a Mess and Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

Taylor made a rare live cameo appearance in the 1984 CBS Saturday morning preview special, Saturday’s The Place. She was seen in a recording booth with some of her Muppet Babies co-stars.



Stu Rosen (August 4) – Voice director, actor and producer. He served as the voice director of Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, Fraggle Rock (1987), RoboCop (1988), Captain N: the Game Master, Pryde of the X-Men, Piggsburg Pigs!, Little Shop and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1990). He was also the casting director for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), Captain N and Eek!stravaganza, and served as the recording director for “The Legend of Lochangar” episode of ABC Weekend Specials. As an actor, he provided the voices of Floyd and Stuckey in an episode of Kissyfur; Storyteller Fraggle in an episode of Fraggle Rock (1987); henchmen in episodes of Superman (1988); Dr. Russell in Zazoo U; Pit Boss and the Governor in Biker Mice from Mars (1993); and additional voices in Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa.



Ernie Colón (August 8) – Legendary comic book artist and editor. He co-created the DC Comics character and world of Amethyst, Princess of Gem World, who was adapted into in a series of short episodes as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. He also provided artwork for the Saturday morning-based comics Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice in the Neitherworld, Bullwinkle and Rocky (Marvel) #1-9, Mighty Mouse (1990) #1-5, 7 & 9, Scooby-Doo (1997) #2, 4, 6 & 8, Scooby-Doo Spooky Spectacular and Star Wars: Droids (1986) #6-8.



Richard Trueblood (August 21) – Animator, director and producer. He animated episodes of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, Yogi’s Gang, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Scooby’s Laff-a-Lympics, CB Bears, Yogi’s Space Race, Challenge of the Superfriends, ABC Weekend Specials, The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, The New Shmoo, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), Casper and the Angels, The World’s Greatest Superfriends, Godzilla (1978), The Flintstone Comedy Show, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Super Friends (1981), Trollkins, Shirt Tales, Flash Gordon (1979), The Smurfs, Pac-Man and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He handled storyboard revisions and served as animation director for Goof Troop; Did storyboards and animation timing for Sonic the Hedgehog; served as producer for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes; directed an episode of DuckTales (1987) and Biker Mice From Mars (1993) and sequences in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987); served as timing director for episodes of DuckTales (1987), The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Animaniacs, All-New Dennis the Menace, Aladdin, Gargoyles, Mighty Ducks, Histeria!, Men in Black: The Series, Godzilla: The Series, The Woody Woodpecker Show; and was animation director for Pokémon.



Gordon Bressack (August 30) – Writer. Worked on The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Smurfs, Snorks, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, The Real Ghostbusters, Pound Puppies (1986), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), The Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy, DuckTales (1987), New Kids on the Block, The Wizard of Oz (1990), Tiny Toon Adventures, Yo Yogi!, Darkwing Duck (for which he was also a story editor), Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain and Loonaticks Unleashed.



Chester Aaron (August 30) – Writer. Wrote the novel that the ABC Weekend Specials episode “Cougar!” was based off of.



Michael Lindsay (August 30) – Actor also credited as Dylan Tully. He was most known for working on English dubs of anime. On Saturday mornings, he provided the dubs for Joe Kido, Agumon, Greymon and an analyst in Digimon: Digital Monsters and Skid-Z and Rollbar in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.



Lynne Stuart (September 4) – Actor. Played a snotty woman and Mrs. Dumont in two different episodes of California Dreams.



Rod Coneybeare (September 5) – Actor and writer. Voiced Avalanche aka Dominick Petros in X-Men: The Animated Series and provided additional voices for The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.



Robert Axelrod (September 7) – Actor and writer. His best-known voice roles were that of monster maker Finster and the evil Lord Zedd in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers in Space, as well as Lokar and a Two-Headed Parrot. He also provided the voice of Microchip in Spider-Man: The Animated Series; Piranha Khan in Big Bad Beetleborgs; Mutantrum in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy; Vademon, Wizardmon, Armadillomon, Ankylomon, and Shakkoumon in Digimon: Digital Monsters; Movor in Transformers: Robots in Disguise; and appeared on screen as Thin Man in Power Rangers Time Force.



John Wesley (September 8) – Actor. Guest-starred in an episode of California Dreams as Coach Wicks.



Jan Merlin (September 20) – Actor and writer. He played Roger Manning in the first four seasons of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.



Jack Donner (September 21) – Actor. Played Commander Kindwon on Power Rangers in Space.



Sid Haig (September 21) – Actor. He starred as Dragos in Jason of Star Command. He also guest-starred as a fur smuggler in an episode of Wonderbug, Chief Running Nose in an episode of Monster Squad (1976), and The Genie in two episodes of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.



Marshall Efron (September 30) – Actor and writer. Starred as Deputroll Flake in Trollkins, Ratso in The Kwicky Koala Show, Sloppy Smurf in The Smurfs, Mooch in The Biskitts, and Fat Cat in Kidd Video. He also guest-starred as Howl in Pink Panther and Sons, Lousy Lizard in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, and Quint in Kenny the Shark as well as provided additional voices for Shirt Tales, Saturday Supercade and Snorks.



Alan Zaslove (October 3) – Animator, producer and director. He was an animator on Fractured Fairy Tales, The Gumby Show and George of the Jungle; served as a producer on Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck and Aladdin; and directed episodes of The Smurfs, Snorks, Galtar and the Golden Lance, The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, Challenge of the GoBots, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Darkwing Duck and Aladdin. He also provided titles for The Smurfs and served as story director for Space Stars.



Rip Taylor (October 6) – Actor and comedian. He starred as The Grump in Here Comes the Grump; Sheldon the Sea Genie in Sigmund and the Sea Monsters; Uncle Fester in The Addams Family (1992); and The Royal Record Keeper and the Royal Judge in The Emperor’s New School. He also guest-starred as Mr. Wackypants in an episode of What’s New, Scooby-Doo? and provided additional voices for Popeye and Son, Snorks and Garfield and Friends.


Robert Forster (October 11) – Actor. He guest-starred in an episode of Godzilla: The Series as a police officer and Jack Chapman, and played reporter Jack Kurtzman in several episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012).



Jack Enyart (October 13) – Writer. He wrote for Heathcliff (1980), Hero High, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, Richie Rich, Rubik the Amazing Cube, Saturday Supercade (where he was also story editor), It’s Punky Brewster!, Fraggle Rock (1987), DuckTales (1987), Alvin & the Chipmunks (for which he also provided some voice work), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa and What a Mess.



Jules Bacal (October 24) – Producer. Worked on Jem, Conan: The Adventurer and The Tick (1994). He also appeared in the documentary Jem Girls (and Boys!) Remember.



John Witherspoon (October 29) – Actor and comedian. Played the dad in three episodes of Waynehead.



Art Lozzi (November 4) – Background artist. He worked on The Ruff & Reddy Show, Space Ghost, The Archie Show, The Batman/Superman Hour and Fantastic Voyage.


Tom Lyle (November 19) – Comic book artist and teacher. Created the design for the Scarlet Spider costume for Marvel Comics, which was seen in an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series and the finale of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He also co-created the character of Stephanie Brown, aka Spoiler, for DC Comics who was adapted into Young Justice.



Michael J. Pollard (November 21) – Actor. Played the precognitive villain Psycho in Toxic Crusaders.



D.C. Fontana (December 2) – Writer. Best known for her association and contributions to the Star Trek franchise, she served as a script consultant, story editor, associate producer and even wrote an episode for Star Trek: The Animated Series. She also provided scripts for an episode of ReBoot and Silver Surfer.



René Auberjonois (December 8) – Actor and director. Best known for the role of shapeshifting Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he spent a lot of time loaning his voice to Saturday mornings. He was the stranger in The Smurfs Christmas Special; Desaad in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians; a Poodle and Pierre in episodes of Pound Puppies (1986); Boris Roquefort in an episode of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo; Dr. Strangesnork and additional voices in Snorks; General Zod in an episode of Superman (1988); Sensei in an episode of Darkwing Duck; Dr. March in two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series; Kangent in The Pirates of Dark Water; Chef Louie in both Marsupilami and The Little Mermaid: The Animated Series; Jonathan in an episode of Rugrats; Nefir Hasenuf in episodes of Aladdin; Horde in The Savage Dragon; Quintoon in an episode of Men in Black: The Series; Scarab in episodes of The Mummy; Master Fung and the narrator in Xiaolin Showdown; McChirpy in an episode of Duck Dodgers; Xyber 9 in Xyber 9: New Dawn; Blockbuster in Young Justice; Saladin in Winx Club: Beyond Believix; McLeish, Professor Schmierkankle and a cat narrator in Pound Puppies (2010); and Azmuth and additional voices in Ben 10: Omniverse. He also provided additional voices for The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, It’s Punky Brewster!, The Smurfs and The Tom & Jerry Kids Show.



Caroll Spinney (December 8) – Puppeteer, cartoonist, author and speaker. He was the long-serving portrayer of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street’s debut in 1969 until his retirement in 2018.



Lee Mendelson (December 25) – Producer, best known for his long career making various productions based on the Peanuts comic strip including The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. He also worked on Mother Goose and Grimm, Garfield and Friends, and served as a creative consultant on episodes of Toonsylvania.



Jack Sheldon (December 27) – Jazz musician and actor. Performed on numerous episodes of Schoolhouse Rock!

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