Dick Arnall

animate! is very sad to report the death of Dick Arnall on 6th February 2007.

Dick was closely involved with animate! from the very beginning when he was approached by David Curtis, Keith Griffiths and Clare Kitson, then head of animation for Channel 4, to set up animate! in conjunction with the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1990. He worked as its independent production adviser until 1998, steering 35 films to completion and numerous prizes, and was himself voted top producer in Creation magazine's 50 Hottest Names in British Animation in 1999.

He took a break, to return to producing films in his own right, including Jo Ann Kaplan’s Anatomy of Melancholy for animate!, and Robert Bradbrook's multi-award winning Home Road Movies.

From 2001, Dick's company Finetake ran the project, taking it in new directions, setting up animateonline and the animate! artists award, and developing animate!'s extensive exhibition programme, taking the work to unexpecting audiences in new contexts.

More than anything, he'll be remembered as the artists' staunchest champion, supporter, and friend.

“the patron saint of alternative animation”
Samantha Moore

“the Personal was Political with him - he lived it”
Jo Ann Kaplan

“the man was truly an inspiration and visionary”
Andrew Kotting

“he was a marvel and a diamond and will be sadly missed”
Stuart Hilton

“it hard to accept that his singular character, ebullience and energy are gone now”
Paul Bernays

“The world truly will be diminished without Dick...his vision and energy, but also quite fundamentally his goodness.”
Adam Pugh

“We could do with a few more Dick Arnall's and we sure can't afford to lose the one we had.”
Malcolm Turner

“Dick really was the Godfather of animation.” Damian Gascoigne

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