David Allen, Oscar-nominated visual effects director for 1985’s “Young Sherlock Holmes,” died Aug. 16 in Santa Ana of cancer. He was 54.
He entered the visual effects industry in 1965 at Clokey Studios, where he worked on the classic TV series “Gumby” and “Davey and Goliath.” He went on to specialize in TV commercials, bringing to life the Pillsbury Doughboy, Mrs. Butterworth and the Swiss Miss.
In the late 1970s, Allen began providing animation for films, going on to create work for “The Howling” (1980) and “Caveman” (1981). After receiving the Academy nom in ’85, he animated the ant in Disney’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989), and served as visual effects supervisor/director on films including “The Dolls” (1986) and “Prehysteria” (1993).
Allen is survived by his brother and a son.