Events in 1972 in animation.
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|Years:||1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975|
- January 13: The first episode of The Adventures of Sir Prancelot airs.
- January 24: The first episode of Loeki de Leeuw airs, a series of stop-motion shorts which serve as bumpers before and after commercial breaks on Dutch television. The shorts will continue until 31 December 2004.
- February 14:
- April 8: The first episode of The Most Important Person airs.
- April 10: 44th Academy Awards: The Crunch Bird by Ted Petok wins the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
- April 12: Ralph Bakshi's debut film, Fritz the Cat, is first released, based on the eponymous comic strip by Robert Crumb. The picture is the first animated film to receive an X-rating and be strictly marketed for adults. It manages to become a surprise box office hit.
- August 9: Bill Melendez' second Peanuts animated feature film Snoopy, Come Home is first released.
- September 1: The final Woody Woodpecker animated short Bye, Bye, Blackboard is first released, after which Walter Lantz Productions closes down.
- September 9:
- September 12: Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, an animated sitcom trying to target a more adult audience.
- September 14: Manuel García Ferré releases Anteojito y Antifaz, mil intentos y un invento.
- September 16: The first episode of Kid Power airs, based on the newspaper comic strip Wee Pals by Morrie Turner.
- October 1: The first episode of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (also known as Battle of the Planets) airs, produced by Rankin/Bass.
- October 31: Ryan Larkin's Street Musique is first released.
- December 3: The first episode of Mazinger Z airs.
- December 13: Belvision releases Tintin and the Lake of Sharks.
- December 14: Hal Sutherland's Journey Back to Oz premieres.
- December 21: Giuliano Cenci's The Adventures of Pinocchio premieres.
- Eric Porter's Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon is first released, the first Australian animated feature film.
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- Edwin Catmull and Fred Parke create the earliest computer animated film: A Computer Animated Hand.
- The first episode of The Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel airs.
- Břetislav Pojar's Balablok is first released.
- Nedeljko Dragić's Tup Tup is first released.
- Peter Lord and David Sproxton establish Aardman Animations.
- January 1 - Travels of Marco Polo (Australia)
- February 21 - The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (United States, Denmark, and Japan)
- March 18 - The Three Musketeers in Boots (Japan)
- April 12 - Fritz the Cat (United States)
- June - The Amlash Enchanted Forest (Israel)
- June 21 - Superstar Goofy (United States)
- July 16 - Go Get Them 0011 (Japan)
- August 9 - Snoopy, Come Home (United States)
- September 9 - The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island (United States)
- September 14 - Anteojito and Antifaz: A Thousand Attempts and One Invention (Argentina)
- September 16 - Yogi's Ark Lark (United States)
- September 23 - Mad Mad Mad Monsters (United States and Japan)
- September 30 - Nanny and the Professor (United States)
- October 4 - Last of the Curlews (United States)
- October 7 - Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter (United States)
- October 14 - Willie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid (United States)
- October 21–28 - Oliver and the Artful Dodger (United States)
- November 4 - The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik (United States)
- November 11 - Lassie and the Spirit of Thunder Mountain (United States)
- November 18 - Gidget Makes the Wrong Connection (United States)
- November 23 - Robinson Crusoe (Australia)
- November 25 - The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park (United States)
- November 26 - The Prince and the Pauper (Australia)
- December - Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon (Australia)
- December 2 - Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family (United States)
- December 9 - The Red Baron (United States)
- December 13 - Tintin and the Lake of Sharks (Belgium and France)
- December 14 - Journey Back to Oz (United States)
- December 16 - Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies (United States)
- December 21 - The Adventures of Pinocchio (Italy)
- December 23 - The War of Great Monsters (South Korea)
- January - Arago X-001 debuts on ORTF.
- January 6 - Calimero debuts on RAI and NET (now TV Asahi).
- January 9 - Shin Muumin debuts on Fuji TV.
- January 10 - Gekko Kamen debuts on Nippon TV.
- January 13 - The Adventures of Sir Prancelot debuts on BBC1.
- February 4 - Mokku of the Oak Tree debuts on Fuji TV.
- February 14 - Fingerbobs debuts on BBC1.
- April 1 - Triton of the Sea debuts on TV Asahi.
- April 3:
- April 5 - Akado Suzunosuke debuts on Fuji TV.
- April 23 - Anime Document Munchen E No Michi debuts on TBS and Nippon TV.
- July 8 - Devilman debuts on NET (now TV Asahi).
- August 27 - Mon Chéri CoCo debuts on TBS.
- September 9:
- The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, The Osmonds, and The Brady Kids debut on ABC.
- Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, The Flintstone Comedy Hour, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies debut on CBS.
- Sealab 2020, The Roman Holidays, The Barkleys, and The Houndcats debut on NBC.
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids debuts on CBS and in syndication.
- September 10 - Festival of Family Classics debuts in syndication.
- September 12 - Wait Till Your Father Gets Home debuts on NBC.
- September 16 - Kid Power debuts on ABC.
- October 1 - Science Ninja Team Gatchaman debuts on Fuji TV.
- October 4 - Astroganger debuts on NNS (NTV).
- October 5 - Hazedon and Kaiketsu Tamagon debut on Fuji TV.
- October 7 - Dokonjo Gaeru debuts on TBS.
- November 11 - Lassie's Rescue Rangers debuts on ABC.
- December 3 - Mazinger Z debuts on Fuji TV.
- December 23 - Frakk, a macskák réme debuts on Magyar Televízió.
- Specific date unknown - The Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel debuts in syndication.
- January 1: Howard Margulies, American television writer (Duckman, Sabrina, the Animated Series, Squirrel Boy).
- January 13: Yukiko Iwai, Japanese voice actress (voice of Ayumi Yoshida in Detective Conan).
- January 22: Romi Park, Korean-Japanese actress (voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist).
- February 9: Crispin Freeman, American actor and director (voice of Alucard in Hellsing, Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Holland Novak in Eureka Seven, Togusa in Ghost in the Shell, Zelgadis Greywords in Slayers, Hagi in Blood+, Jeremiah Gottwald in Code Geass, Shizuo Heiwajima in Durarara!!, Ant-Man in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Speedy and Captain Boomerang in Young Justice, Electro in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Martian Manhunter in Justice League Action, Mysterio in Spider-Man, Doug Maheswaran in Steven Universe).
- February 22: Chris Sonnenburg, American animator (The Swan Princess, The Critic, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Futurama, Free for All, Kung Fu Panda), storyboard artist (Sit Down, Shut Up, Futurama, Beavis and Butt-Head, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Gravity Falls, The LeBrons, Free Birds, Planes: Fire & Rescue), writer, director and producer (Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure).
- February 26: Keith Ferguson, American voice actor (voice of Bloo in Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Lord Hater in Wander Over Yonder, Papa G in Kid Cosmic, Flintheart Glomgold, Megavolt, and Liquidator in DuckTales, Batman and Robin in DC Super Hero Girls, Thunderbolt Ross in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Wile E. Coyote in Bugs Bunny Builders, Deputy Durland in Gravity Falls, Friend Owl in Bambi II).
- March 6: Shaquille O'Neal, American retired professional basketball player (voiced himself in the Static Shock episode "Static Shaq", The Simpsons episode "Gone Boy", the Johnny Bravo episode "Back on Shaq", The Cleveland Show episode "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", the Uncle Grandpa episode "The Perfect Kid" and The Lego Movie, 90's Adventure Bear in season 1 of Pickle and Peanut, Smooth Smurf in The Smurfs 2).
- March 12: Larry Murphy, American actor and comedian (voice of Teddy in Bob's Burgers, Amazing Rope Guy in WordGirl, the title character in Assy McGee).
- March 24: Tony Leondis, Greek-American animator, filmmaker, and actor (The Emoji Movie, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Igor).
- March 26: Leslie Mann, American actress (voice of Amphitrite in Hercules, Linda Gunderson in Rio and Rio 2, Gina Winthrop in Allen Gregory, Sandra Babcock in ParaNorman, Patty Peterson in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Hope Betterman in The Croods: A New Age, herself in The Simpsons episode "Steal This Episode").
- March 27: Emily Kapnek, American television producer and writer (Hercules, Klasky Csupo, creator of As Told by Ginger).
- March 29: Christopher Hink, American production assistant (Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show), prop designer (SpongeBob SquarePants) and film editor (Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Stripperella).
- April 5:
- Yasuhiro Takemoto, Japanese director (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hyouka) and member of Kyoto Animation, (d. 2019) in the Kyoto Animation arson attack.
- Junko Takeuchi, Japanese actress (voice of the title character in the Naruto franchise, Rin Natsuki / Cure Rouge in Yes! PreCure 5, Takuya Kanbara in Digimon Frontier, Gon Freecss in Hunter × Hunter).
- April 15: Lou Romano, American animator (The Pagemaster, Cats Don't Dance, Monkeybone, Pixar, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, Samurai Jack, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part), storyboard artist (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls), character designer (The Iron Giant), art director (Wonder Park) and actor (voice of The Amoeba Boys in Whoopass Stew!, Bernie Kropp in The Incredibles, Snotrod in Cars, Linguini in Ratatouille).
- April 18:
- Brian Kelley, American television producer and writer (Futurama, Clerks: The Animated Series, The Simpsons).
- David Slack, American television producer and writer (Adelaide Productions, The Legend of Tarzan, What's with Andy?, Warner Bros. Animation, Totally Spies!, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Storm Hawks, Pink Panther and Pals, Transformers: Prime, Generator Rex, Gravity Falls, Thunderbirds Are Go, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance).
- April 22: Laura McCreary, American television producer and writer (Disney Television Animation, Angela Anaconda, As Told by Ginger, American Dad!, Higglytown Heroes, The Secret Saturdays, LoliRock).
- April 26: Aubrey Ankrum, American screenwriter, animator and graphic artist (voice of Pop and Flippy/Fliqpy in Happy Tree Friends).
- April 27: Wellesley Wild, American voice actor, screenwriter and producer (Family Guy, Animaniacs).
- April 29: Roman Dirge, American comic book writer, artist and former magician (Invader Zim, creator of Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl).
- May 2: Dwayne Johnson, American actor, businessman, and former professional wrestler (voice of Maui in Moana, Krypto and Black Adam in DC League of Super-Pets, Captain Charles T. Baker in Planet 51, Cliffjumper in the first episode of Transformers: Prime).
- May 4: Davy Lauterbach, American poet, painter, animator and color stylist (The Simpsons).
- May 15: Bud'da, American hip hop producer, rapper, songwriter and composer (Da Boom Crew, The Proud Family).
- May 16: Khary Payton, American actor (voice of Cyborg in Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!, DC Super Hero Girls, and Justice League Action, Hex and Manny Armstrong in Ben 10, Aqualad, Black Manta, Black Lightning, and Robotman in Young Justice, Rafiki in The Lion Guard, Wasabi in Big Hero 6: The Series).
- June 1: Rick Gomez, American actor (voice of Sniz in Sniz and Fondue, Bud in Gary the Rat, Pilot in The Animatrix, Lead Merc in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Slips Python, Windsor Gorilla and James Ant in My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Zack Fair in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, The Priest and Fireman in The Life & Times of Tim, Loki in Thor: Tales of Asgard).
- June 4: Josh Lieb, American television producer and writer (The Simpsons, Drawn Together, Immigrants).
- June 14: Aliki Theofilopoulos, Greek-American animator, storyboard artist (ChalkZone, Random! Cartoons, Disney Television Animation), writer (Phineas and Ferb, Mickey Mouse), director and producer (Descendants: Wicked World, Harvey Girls Forever!, Doug Unplugs).
- June 16: John Cho, Korean-American actor (voice of Long in Wish Dragon, Vince Chung in American Dad!, Isonokami in The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Thomas Kim in the Static Shock episode "Tantrum", Hirotaka in the Kim Possible episode "Exchange").
- June 17: C. H. Greenblatt, American animator, storyboard artist (SpongeBob SquarePants, Free for All, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Evil Con Carne, The X's), voice actor, director, writer (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Evil Con Carne, Fish Hooks) and producer (creator of Chowder, Harvey Beaks and Jellystone!).
- June 23 Warren Graff, American writer and voice actor (voice of Toothy and Handy in Happy Tree Friends).
- July 1: Steve Little, American actor, writer and comedian (voice of Chip, Skip and the Lemmings Brothers in Camp Lazlo!).
- July 10: Peter Serafinowicz, English actor (voice of Big Daddy in Sing and Sing 2, Blind Ivan in Gravity Falls, Lumpy Space Prince in Adventure Time).
- July 11: Michael Rosenbaum, American actor (voice of Flash in the DC Animated Universe and Teen Titans, Deadman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Westley in Robot Chicken).
- July 24: Matt Engstrom, American animator (Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins), storyboard artist (King of the Hill, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, DreamWorks Animation Television, Ferdinand), sheet timer (Ni Hao, Kai-Lan), director (King of the Hill, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Cleveland Show, All Hail King Julien, The Boss Baby: Back in Business) and producer (The Boss Baby: Back in Business, The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib).
- July 27: Maya Rudolph, American comedian, actress, and singer (voice of Rapunzel in Shrek the Third, Burn in Turbo, Precious in The Nut Job and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Aunt Cass in Big Hero 6 Big Hero 6: The Series and Baymax!, Matilda and Poppy in The Angry Birds Movie and The Angry Birds Movie 2, Verti in My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, Smiler in The Emoji Movie, Nanny in The Willoughbys, Linda Mitchell in The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Daniela Paguro in Luca, Julia in The Simpsons episode "Homer of Seville", Cherry in The Mighty B! episode "The Dragonflies", JoAnne Shalit in Family Guy episode "The Book of Joe", Lady Malocchio in The Awesomes, Diane Birch and Connie in Big Mouth, Betty Hart and Norma in Bless the Harts).
- July 29: Wil Wheaton, American actor (voice of Martin Brisby in The Secret of NIMH, Aqualad in Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, Michael Morningstar / Darkstar in the Ben 10 franchise, Ted Kord / Blue Beetle in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Perceptor in Transformers: Titans Return, Commander S'Leet in Miles from Tomorrowland, himself in the Family Guy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven").
- July 31: Joseph Motiki, Canadian television host, actor and performer (voice of Rocky Canyon in Rescue Heroes and Rescue Heroes: The Movie, Ryan in Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, Pedro in Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Oscar in Top Wing, Otis Goodway in PAW Patrol).
- August 3: Sumalee Montano, American actress (voice of Katana in Beware the Batman, Fluffy in Bunnicula, Maria Santiago in The Loud House and The Casagrandes, Admiral Sanda in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Yuri Watanabe in Spider-Man, Agent Tierny in Star Wars Resistance, Sharon McGee in The Ghost and Molly McGee).
- August 10: Derrick J. Wyatt, American character designer (Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, Bless the Harts) and storyboard artist (The Ripping Friends), (d. 2021).
- August 12: Clint Eland, Canadian animation producer (founder of Mercury Filmworks).
- August 13: Michael Sinterniklaas, French actor (voice of Taki Tachibana in Your Name, Mikey Simon in Kappa Mikey, Nathaniel Kurtzberg in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dean Venture in The Venture Bros.).
- August 24: Maureen Mlynarczyk, American animation timer (Film Roman, Warner Bros. Animation, Disney Television Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, Rough Draft Studios), (d. 2020).
- August 30:
- September 6:
- Anika Noni Rose, American actress and singer (voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, Sofia the First, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Acxa in Voltron: Legendary Defender, Yemandi in Avengers Assemble, Nut in Magical Girl Friendship Squad: Origins, Dr. Jan in Amphibia, Rita LaFleur in The Simpsons episode "Gone Abie Gone").
- Idris Elba, English actor, producer and musician (voice of Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory, Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Police Officer in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Intervention").
- September 8: Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor (voice of Toji Suzuhara in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tracey Sketchit in Pokémon, Whisper in Yo-Kai Watch, Mepple in Futari wa Pretty Cure, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4: The Animation, Suneo in the Doraemon franchise, Rob Lucci in One Piece; Japanese dub voice of Agustin Madrigal in Encanto, Ron in Ron's Gone Wrong, and King Trollex in Trolls World Tour).
- September 10: Dan Milano, American voice actor (voice of various characters in Robot Chicken, Mad and Glitch Techs, Willie Palmer and President Keith Caylo in Titan Maximum, Grug, Womp, Dainty, Loo, Mr. Nork and Weez in Dawn of the Croods), puppeteer, director, television producer and writer (Robot Chicken, Sonic Boom, All Hail King Julien, Dawn of the Croods, co-creator of Greg the Bunny and Glitch Techs).
- September 12: Gideon Emery, English actor (voice of Weasel in Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, Teeny in How to Train Your Dragon 2, Copperhead in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Trapper in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Moon Knight in the Avengers Assemble episode "Beyond").
- September 21: Erin Fitzgerald, Canadian voice actress (voice of Rose Lavillant and Juleka Couffaine in season 1 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Nazz and May Kanker in Ed, Edd n Eddy, C.A. Cupid in the Monster High franchise).
- September 23: Karl Pilkington, English presenter, comedian, actor, producer and author (co-creator and co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show).
- October 8: Nina Bargiel, American television writer (Disney Television Animation, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, Angry Birds: Summer Madness).
- October 18: Christopher Knights, English animator (We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story), camera operator (Balto, The Prince of Egypt), film editor (DreamWorks Animation), cinematographer and voice actor (voice of Blind Mice and Thelonius in the Shrek franchise, Private in the Madagascar franchise, Fat Barry and Market Trader in Flushed Away, Prison Guard in Megamind, King Gorge's Coach in Rumble).
- October 19: Sayaka Aoki, Japanese voice actress (voice of Cream the Rabbit in Sonic X).
- October 21: Masakazu Morita, Japanese actor, voice actor and singer (voice of Ichigo Kurosaki and Hollow Ichigo in Bleach, Maeda Keiji in Sengoku Basara, Marco The Phoenix in One Piece, Li Xin in Kingdom, Whis in Dragon Ball Super).
- October 28: Lee Supercinski, American television producer (Futurama, Game Over, How Murray Saved Christmas, Disenchantment).
- October 29: Gabrielle Union, American actress (voice of Meridian Clade in Strange World, Nala in The Lion Guard).
- October 31: Vernon Chatman, American television producer writer (South Park, Xavier: Renegade Angel, Neon Knome, China, IL, The Shivering Truth), and voice actor (voice of the title character in Xavier: Renegade Angel, Towelie in South Park).
- November 1: Zairaini Sarbini, Malaysian actress (dub voice of Candacwe Flynn in Phineas and Ferb, Sam in Totally Spies, Conan Edogawa in Case Closed, Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyuga in Naruto, Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sandy Cheeks in SpongeBob SquarePants), (d. 2021).
- November 6: Rebecca Romijn, American actress and former model (voice of the Empress in Adventure Time, Lois Lane in The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen, Batman: Hush and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Charlotte in the Drawn Together episode "Charlotte's Web of Lies", Miss Garcia in the Special Agent Oso episode "A View to the Truth", Speaker and Graduate in The Cleveland Show episode "Back to Cool").
- November 7: Christopher Daniel Barnes, American actor (voice of Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, Prince Charming in Cinderella II and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Spider-Man in Spider-Man, Electro, Spyder-Knight, and Wolf Spider in Ultimate Spider-Man, Stripes in the Sonic Underground episode "The Last Resort", Taggert McStone in the Jackie Chan Adventures episode "Agent Tag", additional voices in Captain Planet and the Planeteers).
- November 10: Trevor Devall, Canadian voice actor and podcaster (voice of Dukey in Johnny Test, Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, and Ultimate Spider-Man, Hades and Apollo in Class of the Titans, Loki in Marvel Future Avengers, Jonah Hex and Cain in Justice League Action).
- November 15: Joe Vaux, American animator, storyboard artist (Adelaide Productions, Tutenstein, LeapFrog, Family Guy), background artist (What a Cartoon!, Spicy City, Van Helsing: The London Assignment), writer and director (Dilbert, Family Guy).
- November 18: Luther McLaurin, American animator (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), storyboard artist (Klasky Csupo, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui, 3-2-1 Penguins!, Growing Up Creepie, Adventure Time, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Postman Pat: The Movie, Ultimate Spider-Man, Smallfoot, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Luck), character designer (Catscratch), writer (Adventure Time) and director (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Glitch Techs).
- November 22: Gabe Khouth, Canadian actor (voice of Nicol Amalfi in Gundam SEED, Goten in the Ocean dub of Dragon Ball Z, Orko and Mekaneck in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Spinner Cortez in Hot Wheels Battle Force 5), (d. 2019).
- December 4: Yūko Miyamura, Japanese actress, voice actress, singer and sound director (voice of Kazuha Toyama in Detective Conan, Casca in Berserk, Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion).
- December 18: Jason Mantzoukas, American actor (voice of Jay Bilzerian in Big Mouth, Alex Dorpenberger in Close Enough, Jankom Pog in Star Trek: Prodigy, Mr. Ross in Regular Show: The Movie, Scarecrow in The Lego Batman Movie, Samuel Adams in America: The Motion Picture, Dragos in Comrade Detective, Carl Sando in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Steelbeak in DuckTales, Rex Splode in Invincible, the Gray One in HouseBroken, Pine Booby in the Squidbillies episode "Flight of the Deep Fried Pine Booby", Mr. Manoogian in the Bob's Burgers episode "The Unnatural", Fink in the Animals episode "Rats.", Vanbo in the Solar Opposites episode "Retrace-Your-Step-Alizer", the Emptier in the Magical Girl Friendship Squad episode "Just Two Weak Girls", Jughead Jones in the Robot Chicken episode "The Bleepin' Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special", Huster McBackstabber in The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse episode "Duet for Two").
- December 23: Christian Potenza, Canadian actor (voice of Chris McLean in the Total Drama franchise, Jude Lizowski in 6teen and Total DramaRama, Dirk Danger in Almost Naked Animals).
- December 29: Jude Law, English actor (voice of Pitch Black in Rise of the Guardians).
- January 1: Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (sang the title song in The Aristocats), dies at age 83.
- January 16: Ross Bagdasarian, American animator, composer, singer and actor (creator of Alvin and The Chipmunks) dies from a heart attack at age 52.
- January 17: Rochelle Hudson, American actress (voice of Honey in the Bosko cartoons), dies at age 55.
- February 19: Tedd Pierce, American animation writer (Fleischer Studios, Warner Bros. Cartoons) and actor (King Bombo in Gulliver's Travels, C. Blagley Beetle in Mr. Bug Goes to Town, Tom Dover in The Dover Boys, tall ship wreck survivor in Wackiki Wabbit), dies at age 65.
- March 19: Carl Meyer, American actor (voice of Smack in Mr. Bug Goes to Town), animator and animation writer (Fleischer Brothers, Paramount Animation), dies at age 78.
- March 31: Aleksandar Denkov, Bulgarian illustrator, animator and comics artist (Bolen (The Little Thief)), dies at age 47.
- April 25: George Sanders, British actor (voice of Shere Khan in The Jungle Book), commits suicide at age 65.
- May 5: Frank Tashlin, American cartoonist, comics artist, illustrator, screenwriter, film director and animator (Van Beuren Studios, Terrytoons, Warner Bros. Cartoons, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Columbia Pictures, United Artists), dies at age 59.
- May 23: Nino Pagot, Italian comics artist and animator (Calimero), dies at age 64.
- June 26: David Lichine, Russian-American ballet dancer and choreographer (Fantasia, Make Mine Music), dies at age 61.
- September 12: Max Fleischer, American animator, film director and producer, and comics artist (founder of Fleischer Studios), dies at age 89.
- October 21: Felix Felton, British actor (voice of the Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol), dies at age 61.
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