Richard Williams, co-director of Who wants the skin of Roger Rabbit died Friday at Bristol, announced his family. Cancer, he was born march 19, 1933 in Toronto, before leaving to live in the Uk in the 1950’s to set up his own company of animation. His qualities as an animator on the film by Robert Zemeckis had offered the audience a spectacle never seen at the cinema.

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For the comedy of 1988, he created the characters of Roger and Jessica Rabbit, two of the three protagonists of the story. Alongside Zemeckis, he imagines a world in which live together the characters of cartoons and human beings. A technical feat that will be rewarded with two oscars in 1989 for best visual effects and for a special contribution. The same year, he won the Bafta for best visual effects.

His filmography includes work a little special, the unfortunate the Thief and The Cobbler . Made between the late 1960s and 1995, the film has experienced numerous mishaps, and several versions without ever being really successful. It was he who had taken charge of the animation of the Pink Panther in When the Pink Panther gets tangled in 1977.

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The last years of his life, Richard Williams has devoted to pass on his knowledge. He gave, among other courses, animation and master classes to students. The Dauphiné libéré pointed out that the Canadian had visited many times at the Festival international du film d animation Annecy, where he was part of the jury for feature films in 2008, before the sponsor of the MIFA (Marché international du film d animation) Campus last year.

“It was a real source of inspiration to all who met him. They are facilitators, or at any level of the social scale. An incredibly generous and warm person who really wanted to learn to know the world,” said her daughter, Natasha Sutton, William, reports the BBC.