Triple Oscar-winning British animator Richard Williams behind Hollywood blockbusters Roger Rabbit and Pink Panther dies aged 86
- Animator Richard Williams died at his home in Bristol on Friday aged 86
- Williams was best known for hit films such as ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’
- His adaptation of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1971 saw him win his first Oscar
- The award-winning animator credited Disney’s ‘Snow White’ as his influence
Acclaimed animator Richard Williams, who worked on hit films including ‘Roger Rabbit’ and the ‘Pink Panther’, has died.
The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner, who was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Britain in the 1950s, died at his home in Bristol on Friday, his family announced.
Williams was the animation director on the 1988 blockbuster ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ – creating characters including Roger and Jessica Rabbit.
The live-action animated film starring Bob Hoskins, saw Williams win a Bafta as well as two Oscars for his work.
Richard Williams died aged 86 at his home in Bristol on Friday. He was the animation director on the 1988 blockbuster ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ – creating characters including Roger and Jessica Rabbit
Williams also animated the title sequences for the 1970s comedy classics ‘The Return Of The Pink Panther’ and ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’, and worked on ‘Casino Royale’.
Williams has previously credited ‘Snow White’ – which he saw at the age of five – as having a ‘tremendous impression’ on him.
‘I always wanted, when I was a kid, to get to Disney. I was a clever little fellow so I took my drawings and I eventually got in,’ Williams told the BBC in 2008.
Diana, Princess of Wales meeting cartoon star Roger Rabbit from the hit 1988 blockbuster ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
‘They did a story on me, and I was in there for two days, which you can imagine what it was like for a kid.’
After that he said he was advised to learn how to draw properly and admitted he ‘lost all interest in animation’ until he was 23 – throwing himself into art.
He said he was drawn back to the craft because his ‘paintings were trying to move’.
His first film, The Little Island, was released in 1958 scooping a Bafta.
And his animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1971 saw him take home his first Oscar.
During his lengthy career, Williams also wrote a how-to book called ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’ and was animating and writing until the day he died.