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so long and thanks for all the fish

so long and thanks for all the fish

Farewell, Shirley Temple, Actress and Diplomat

Actress Shirley Temple died last night in her California home, surrounded by family. She was eighty-five.

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RIP the Rankin Half of Animation Legend Rankin/Bass Productions

We’ve just learned that Arthur Rankin Jr. passed away last Thursday, January 30th, at his home in Bermuda. He was 89. If the name “Rankin” doesn’t ring any bells for you, add “Bass” on the end and it probably will. Formed in 1960 by Rankin and Jules Bass, Rankin/Bass Productions is the company responsible for the classic stop-motion holiday specials all you parents reading this had damn well better still be passing down to your kids. The most well-known of those is Rudolph the Red-Noised Reindeer, co-starring Hermey, the Christmas Elf who wants to be a dentist. On the non-stop motion front, R/B put out animated versions of The Hobbit and Return of the King, a clip from which we’ve inserted above, because it’s Éowyn killing the Witch King and you know full well which site you’re on.

But Rankin/Bass’ most beloved (non-Rudolph) film has to be The Last Unicorn, which the studio’s two founders directed. We’ve included the original 1982 trailer under the jump. Watch it and pour one out for Mr Rankin.

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Supergirl Co-Creator Al Plastino Passes Away

Interrupted by World War II, Al Plastino wouldn’t bag the job that would put him in the comic history books until 1948, when he went to work for DC comics drawing stories in the Superman family, c0-creating both Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes in their first appearances. Plastino died yesterday at the age of 91, in the midst of a battle to regain the rights to some of his original art, so that it could be donated to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

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Simpsons Actress Marcia Wallace Passes Away

Comedienne Marcia Wallace, best known as Mrs. Krabappel from The Simpsons, has died at the age of 70.

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Scientist Ruth Patrick, Ecological Pioneer, Dies at 105

Last week the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announced that Doctor Ruth Patrick, a scientist long associated with their program, died, after a career that laid the groundwork for the study of pollution’s effects on freshwater ecosystems.

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R.I.P Ann Crispin, Expanded Universe Writer for Star Wars, Star Trek and More

After leaving a final farewell to her fans on Facebook, author Ann Crispin (who you might also know as A. C. Crispin), died yesterday morning as the result of a two-year battle with cancer.

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Start Off Your Day With Contre Temps, A Stunning Animated Post-Apocalyptic Short

If the apocalypse does plunge our world under water, I hope that it ends up more like this gorgeous animation by The Contre Temps Team, and less like Waterworld. I could just stare at the backgrounds in this short all day, but the quirky characters definitely add their own charm to the video. Between the mesmerizing visuals and the serene music, nothing much even needs to happen in the first minute of the video to capture your attention.

(via io9, Vimeo)

Previously in Animation

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Seventy Years Later, Pioneering Pilot Gets her Full Military Funeral Honors

The Women Airforce Service Pilots have fought an uphill battle for recognition ever since the program was decommissioned in 1944 and all its records classified for thirty-five years. But one small victory was achieved yesterday when Cheryl Marie Michell, niece of Marie Michell, succeeded in winning military funeral honors for her aunt, who died in 1944 while doing what she was best at: flying.

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Master Of Monster Motion, Ray Harryhausen, Passes Away At 92

An inspiration to millions – creator, storyteller, pioneer, Ray Harryhausen has passed away.

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E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed Up Files… Author, Dies at 83

E. L. Konigsburg, Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, is probably remembered best as the long-named author of the even longer named From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a book about a brother and sister who ran away to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to teach their parents a lesson about appreciating them and to live in comfort while doing it, and wind up uncovering the secret origins of an unattributed angel statue in the Met’s collection, a mystery as old as Michelangelo.

The author, not just of Mixed-Up Files but rahter a score of books and novels died this last Friday in Falls Church, Virginia.

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