Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

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Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:15 pm

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We're sad to report more sad news for the history of the Transformers franchise, as Jeff Hale, animation director for the original Generation One cartoon, has passed away at the end of February at the age of 92. The Seibertron.com staff would like to offer their sincere condolences to the Hale family and their loved ones. You can read a detailed synopsis of Hale's life here and below.

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Jeff Hale, the award-winning director best known for his work with Sesame Street and the controversial Lenny Bruce short Thank You Mask Man, passed away in late February. He was 92 years old. ASIFA San Francisco president Karl Cohen confirmed his death via email.

Born in Margate, England in 1923, Hale began drawing as a teenager during a long hospital stay and trained at the Royal College of Art in London. His first animation job was at W.M. Larkins studio in England, where Hale trained under German director-designer Peter Sachs. He launched his own commercial studio Biographic Films in 1955 with partners Bob Godfrey and Keith Learner.

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Hale later helped set up the San Francisco studio Mill Valley Animation. He also animated the “B-17” segment of the feature Heavy Metal (1981), which was directed by NFB colleague Gerald Potterton. Later he worked as an animation director on Muppet Babies and Transformers, as well as The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, G.I. Joe and My Little Pony. Hale continued to work, with considerable artistic freedom, on Sesame Street until 1999.

Hale retired to Talent, Oregon where he continued to paint and draw. He is survived by his daughter Margot and son Nick.
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Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

Postby mattj972 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:22 pm

His drawings influenced a lot of people's lives including mine. :BOT:
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Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:54 pm

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Condolences to his family and friends. A damned shame. :(
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Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

Postby chuckdawg1999 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:11 pm

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Sounds like he lived a full life and brought joy to many others. RIP good sir.
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Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92

Postby Madeus Prime » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:04 pm

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A sure loss to the fandom, may he join the Allspark. :-(
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