Among the paid obituaries in The Dallas Morning News today was the notice that Gordon Bellamy died Tuesday in New York. The 70-year-old Bellamy, a Dallas native and graduate of Crozier Tech, was a respected animator in the motion picture business; among his credits were such films as The Iron Giant and Space Jam, but as noted here, he worked for Walt Disney in 1957 -- when he was just a kid -- for some 18 months. Also, says his friend and fellow animator Cosmo Anzilotti, he was responsible for the Mr. Bubble logo design, and his obituary says he worked on Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse shorts.
"Gordon really enjoyed his work," Anzilotti tells Unfair Park. "I worked for him in the '70s in a TV commercial studio called Focus Films. We did mostly television commercials -- he was the creative force of the studio -- and we also did the Mad TV animated special. And we did some Sesame Street educational shorts. ...He was a very creative guy with designs and storyboards. And he was more than an artist -- he was an intellectual, a thinking man. He could analyze politics, human attitudes, and he had a good perspective not just in his drawings, but in life. He was a good friend, and I'll miss him."
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Los Angeles animators say they actually didn't know Bellamy well, as he did most of his work in New York. But he is captured in this sketch by animator John Sparey (Bellamy's at left), and in March and April of 2002, he wrote for Peg-Board, the newsletter of L.A.'s Animation Guild Local 839, two pieces about the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 -- because Bellamy and his wife of 30 years, Dabni, literally lived in the shadow of the World Trade Center. (Indeed, the Twin Towers were visible through his skylight.) Both pieces were illustrated by Bellamy, whose funeral is tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home in Fort Worth. --Robert Wilonsky