Warner Bros. and Disney Animation Legend, Hal Geer, Dies at 100

Hal Geer (Courtesy of Geer Family)

Hal Geer, a film editor, writer, director and producer for animation at Warner Bros. and Disney, has died. He was 100.

A World War II combat cameraman who survived 86 missions flying over China, Geer died Jan. 26 in Simi Valley, Calif., his family announced.

Geer worked on 25 feature films (including 1953’s Peter Pan), more than 500 television shows, 400 commercials and 100 short-subject films.

In 1946 after the war, Geer landed a job as a color technician in the special-effects department at Warner Bros. Four years later, he moved to Disney, where he worked under famed Steamboat Willie animator Ub Iwerks and contributed to the TV show Walt Disney’s Disneyland. After stints with several independent companies, he returned to Warners in 1967.

In 1981, Geer and Friz Freleng shared an Emmy nomination for outstanding animated program for producing Bugs Bunny: All American Hero, and in 1985, he spearheaded a successful campaign to give Bugs a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A year later, he retired as vp and executive producer of Warner Bros. Cartoons.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Barnes