Gene Deitch, Oscar winning animator of Tom and Jerry died

Gene Deitch is an Oscar winning illustrator and animation filmmaker, He was known for making the popular cartoon shows Tom and Jerry and Popeye. He died on thursday last week. He aged 95. According to the international news he died in his apartment in prague's little quarter on the thursday night. The last Social media post posted by Gene Deitch on April 11 was regarding coronavirus, but Cartoon Brew quoted a family member and neighbor to say that his death was not due to coronavirus. Gene Deitch presented 13 episodes of Tom And Jerry for MGM between 1961 and 1962 and also produced a few episodes of Popeye for King Features between 1960 and 1963. His cartoon film Munro won the award for best Animated Short Film Oscar in 1961, the first of its type to be made outside the USA to receive an Oscar. Gene Deitch has also been widely praised for directing the animated film Alice of Wonderland In Paris. Gene Deitch won the Winsor McCay Prize in 2003 for his dedication to animation.

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In the meantime, tributes were poured on Twitter by those who grew up with the famous animated series. The common sentiment on Twitter was, "We thank you for creating this cartoon video," read a tweet.

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