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

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

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 3:16pm CDT

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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.

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


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.

Credit(s): Cartoon Brew


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Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1661378)
Posted by mattj972 on March 10th, 2015 @ 3:22pm CDT
His drawings influenced a lot of people's lives including mine. :BOT:
Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1661406)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on March 10th, 2015 @ 3:54pm CDT
Condolences to his family and friends. A damned shame. :(
Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1661407)
Posted by griftimus prime on March 10th, 2015 @ 3:56pm CDT
made so much greatness possible.
rip
Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1661417)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on March 10th, 2015 @ 4:11pm CDT
Sounds like he lived a full life and brought joy to many others. RIP good sir.
Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1661490)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:04pm CDT
A sure loss to the fandom, may he join the Allspark. :-(
Re: Jeff Hale, Animation Director for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Sesame Street and More Passes Away at 92 (1662289)
Posted by LegendaryAntiHero on March 12th, 2015 @ 10:15pm CDT
Rest in Peace, Jeff

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