Tuesday, October 26, 2010

R.I.P. Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson, co-creator of Crusader Rabbit and the Rocky and Bullwinkle cast of characters, passed away on 22 Oct 2010 at the age of 90. Cartoon Brew has a brief obituary, which also references the more detailed New York Times obit.

Oh, and since Time magazine doesn't seem to have a convenient feedback mechanism to correct errors, let me note here that Richard Corliss' appreciation of Anderson contains at least three egregious errors: he credits "June Frees" with being Rocky the Flying Squirrel, when of course he meant the indefatigable June Foray; and he omits Paul Frees (Boris Badenov and a host of others) and William Conrad (the Bullwinkle segments' hilariously breathless narrator) altogether. Corliss, however, does convey the deep affection those of us who grew up with Frostbite Falls' denizens feel for them.

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