Saturday, June 13, 2020

Dan Danglo 1925 - 2020

Long-time Berndt Toast Gang member, best known for his work on Felix the Cat, Dan Danglo passed away in his sleep this past Saturday night. He was 95.

Via Adrian C. Sinnott, BTG chair:

Dan was probably best known for his work on "Felix the Cat.” Dan worked in animation (Popeye, Scooby Doo & Scrappy, too and the Tasmanian Devil), advertising, comics and gag cartooning. As well as teaching classes at Hofstra University and SVA. He was also involved in the production of the animated feature “Tubby the Tuba” which indirectly started the 3D animated movie industry when two principles later formed Pixar.

From Dan's site:

Dan Danglo was born in Brooklyn with a burning desire to work for Walt Disney and 18 years later found himself working at Terry Toons.
During World War II, Dan served with the 4th Air Force in San Francisco as cartoonist for the headquarters newspaper.
After the war, Dan did comic book penciling, magazine gag cartoons and worked in the Story Department at Famous Studio doing Popeye and Casper the Friendly Ghost storyboards. He also did storyboards and layouts for the feature-length cartoon “Tubby the Tuba” at NY Tech.
In 1956, Dan became Art Director in the Visual Presentation Department at Young and Rubicam Advertising Agency. In 1970, Dan became Vice-President of Visual Presentation and Creative Director of Rollerman Enterprises creating corporate cartoon spokesmen and marketing properties.
Dan has also done storyboards for Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera (such as Tazmanian Devil and Scooby Doo and Scrappy Too), as well as many projects involving Felix the Cat.
Dan has also taught Animation Storyboarding at Hofstra University and Animation Layout and design at the School of Visual Arts.

Dan really did have a wonderful life. He got to do storyboarding, comics, comic strips, advertising, animation, gag cartoons. And all of the characters he worked on: Popeye, Felix the Cat, the Tasmanian Devil, Scooby Doo, the Mario Brothers; and working for Terrytoons, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera. Wow!

From a 2007 email from Dan:


This photo was taken in the 1950s, in the Famous studio story dept. I shared an office with Larz Bourne, (the tall gentleman in the sweater... who had started in the business in the early Fleischer days..went on to create Deputy Dawg..and later story editor at Hanna Barbera...The Gentleman in the middle, in the vest, was I. (Izzy) Klein...One of the earliest cartoonist on the New Yorker...Disney animator..and story man in the next office..and the youth with them used to be me....

Pretty illustrious company. Didn’t realize at the time how lucky I was...Still am, being a member of the Berndt Toast Gang.....

Dan Danglo

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Larz Bourne, Izzy Klein & Dan Danglo at the Famous Studio


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