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R.I.P. Lenny Bruce/”Heavy Metal” Animator Jeffrey Hale (1923-2015)

R.I.P. Lenny Bruce/"Heavy Metal" Animator Jeffrey Hale (1923-2015)

Karl Cohen, president of Asifa San Francisco, has sent word that animation director Jeff Hale has passed away. Hale died at age 92 in late February at his home in Talent, Oregon.  

Hale had a career in animation that spanned over 50 years, having directed and animated award winning shorts, work for Sesame Street, part of the feature Heavy Metal (1981), TV shows and commercials.  He worked at the National Film Board of Canada, ran his own studios in London and San Francisco and worked freelance.  He is best known works include The Great Toy Robbery (1963) and the controversial Lenny Bruce piece, Thank You Mask Man (1969). 

In 1985 and 1986, Hale received two Emmy Awards for Best Animation Director for Jim Henson’s The Muppet Babies. Well known for his over 30 year career creating animation for Sesame Street, which included a series of famed Pinball Number Count spotsHale was also a founder of Asifa-San Francisco.

Hale animated the “B-17” segment of the feature Heavy
(1981), directed by Gerald
Potterton, an old friend and co-director at the NFB. During the 1980s Hale moved to LA where he worked on Here Comes Garfield
and on “Stanley the Ugly Duckling,” an episode for the ABC Weekend Specials. He animated on episodes of The
Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, 
worked as an animation director on a series of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies (Emmy winners
in 1985 and 1986).  In 1986 he worked as the animation
director on Solarman, a TV movie. He spent his later years doing illustration and paintings. His work can be viewed on his website

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