While a lot of people grew up watching Popeye and Tom & Jerry, or had their kids watching it all the time, most likely just a handful knew the genius behind it. Eugene Merril Deitch, most commonly known simply as Gene Deitch, was an American illustrator, animator, comics artist, and film director. He was also known for creating the animated cartoons Munro, Tom Terrific, and Nudnik.
Deitch spent most of his life in Prague, where he relocated back in 1959 when Rembrandt Films promised to fund Munro. He lived there his whole life and sadly passed unexpectedly on April 16, 2020 at the ripe age of 95. Since hearing about his passing, artists from all over the world have flooded the Internet with touching artwork as tribute to the late illustrator.

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KATELYN NGUYEN
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1 year ago

I am totally NOT crying,yeah

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While you maybe not familiar with Gene Deitch’s name, you are certainly familiar with his work. It’s probably safe to say there are few people who doesn’t know Tom & Jerry or Popeye and Deitch was a flagship designer to both of them.

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1 year ago

this one is really sweet

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Prior to becoming a major figure in the American animation, Deitch was a draftsman for North American Aviation before being recruited by the American army to become a pilot during World War II. When the war was over, he returned to drawing and was spotted by Disney and was asked to become the artistic director of United Productions of America.

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Charl Marx
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1 year ago

This is beautiful! ❤️

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Despite his success in America, he made a courageous choice to move to move to Prague, Czech Republic after Rembrandt Films promised to fund his short film Munro. He relocated to the company’s base in Prague in 1959. 

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Larry Bell
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1 year ago

🙏🏻💖

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It turned out the moving was well worth it as Gee Deitch received an Oscar for best animated short in 1960 for it. After this success, he was given the possibility to direct 13 episodes of Tom and Jerry which were widely criticized among the fans at the time. However, it led Tom and Jerry to become the most profitable series at the time. 

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1 year ago

This guy deserves clout b/c i have never met anybody in my life who hasent watched at least one of these shows and honeslty im gonna cry

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Orionpax75
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1 year ago

This one :(

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VivienDevil1319
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1 year ago

I'm going to cry! 😭😭😭😭

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Paula Wagnon
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1 year ago

awesome

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Paula Wagnon
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1 year ago

love this

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Chris DiFonso
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1 year ago

Why is Droppy in this drawing?

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Paula Wagnon
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1 year ago

so sad

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TUBLOVER3
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1 year ago

My favorite ...

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Gabby M
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1 year ago

Childhood sure...but hell I'll watch them NOW.

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Peter Bear
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1 year ago

Now this one I like. It's cheerful and upbeat and not depressing. A comic genius like this guy wouldn't want us to be sad, he'd want us to laugh.

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Max Han
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1 year ago

I'm not crying, just some dust in my eyes

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Maureen Peters
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1 year ago

Angelical!

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Hans Dieter Erdmann
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1 year ago

R.i.P.

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Paula Wagnon
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1 year ago

missing him '

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Maureen Peters
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1 year ago

Oh dear, what do we do now?

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Alex Meidunas
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1 year ago

R.I.P.

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Whoa! Gene Deitch directed so many Tom & Jerry and Popeye shorts, but he didn´t created them. R.I.P. anyways...

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Karl Kotas
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1 year ago

And the father of famed underground cartoon artist Kim Deitch.

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Maureen Peters
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1 year ago

So sad, what now to do...?

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Maureen Peters
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1 year ago

Thank you Gene for being us!

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