Roger Rabbit animator dies

Oscar-winning artist Richard Williams was director of animation for ``Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Oscar-winning artist Richard Williams was director of animation for ``Who Framed Roger Rabbit

In addition to his three Oscars, Williams was a three time victor of England's prestigious Bafta award, one of which was for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the film for which he won two of his Oscars after having served as it's animation director and the creator of the iconic animated-couple-to-watch in 1988: Roger and Jessica Rabbit.

According toFox News, his family confirmed the news to The Guardian: "The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple BAFTA victor, who was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Britain in the 1950s, died at his home in Bristol on Friday".

Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards.

Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the United Kingdom in the 1950s, won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 film, which starred Bob Hoskins.

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A triple Oscar and triple BAFTA victor, Williams also did two of the Pink Panther films and Casino Royale. He won his first Oscar in 1971 for his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

After being told he needed to learn how to draw properly, Williams "lost all interest in animation until I was 23", he told the BBC, but said he was eventually returned to drawing because his "paintings were trying to move". The film became known for its merging of live-action and animated characters.

Williams later wrote a book, The Animator's Survival Kit and was animating and writing until he died. The film also gave rise to some of Williams most popular creations, including Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica Rabbit.

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