Nobody can forget about the cartoon animated series of Tom and Jerry that made our childhood memories awesome. The show has achieved popularity in the Universal level and there are probably a very few people in this world who have not heard of this outstanding show or have never watched it in a lifetime. But a very disturbing news came this morning that Gene Deitch is no more. According to the media reports, Gene Deitch, who won the Oscar for illustrating and creating animation for popular cartoon series such as Tom and Jerry, passed away at the age of 95 in his own apartment in Prague as said by his Czech publisher, Petr Himmel to The Associated Press.
Born on August 8 in 1924, in Chicago, Deitch, whose full name was Eugene Merrill Deitch, was known for directing some of the most outstanding animator cartoons, including Popeye the Sailor Man, Munro, Tom Terrific and Nudnik. He had supervised 13 episodes of Tom and Jerry and numerous episodes of the Popeye the Sailor series.
Deitch’s won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960 for his film Munro. He also received nominations for the same category twice in 1964 for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship. Another series, Sidney’s Family Tree, which he had co-produced, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1958. He received the Winsor McCay Award for his lifelong contribution to animation in 2004.