Michael Sporn | Animation director, 67
Mr. Sporn was nominated for an Oscar for best short film animation for his adaptation of the William Steig story Doctor De Soto (released in 1984), and nominated for a prime-time Emmy for his version of another Steig story, Abel's Island (1988).
"Michael had a great ability to change his style to fit in with those books," said Oscar-winning animation director John Canemaker. "But when he did his own films, it was with a very distinctive style."
Those included the sweet-natured The Hunting of the Snark (1989), adapted from a Lewis Carroll poem and narrated by James Earl Jones, and the hard-edged Champagne (1997), based on a true story and meant for young adults.