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Bud Luckey: Toy Story Woody's designer dies

From BBC - February 26, 2018

Bud Luckey, the Oscar-nominated animator who designed Toy Story's Woody, has died, his son has announced.

Luckey, who was born in 1934, also worked on films like A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc and Cars.

He also voiced characters including Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3, Rick Dicker in The Incredibles and Eeyore in the 2011 Winnie the Pooh film.

He made his name working for Sesame Street, where he was responsible for the popular animated counting songs.

Luckey died after a long illness at a hospice in Connecticut on Saturday. He was 83.

"He loved his work but got even greater satisfaction from seeing others enjoy it," Andy Luckey wrote on Facebook.

Bud Luckey joined Pixar in 1992 - he was the fifth animator hired by the company.

Pixar and Disney animation chief John Lasseter has previously called Luckey "one of the true unsung heroes of animation".

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