Animation leader Herb Klynn, the producer and graphic designer who served many years in executive capacities at UPA and later formed his own successful animation company, died Feb. 3 after a lengthy illness from a series of medical com-plications at Tarzana Medical Center. He was 83.
He was responsible for the creation of “The Alvin Show,” Mr. Magoo shorts, the innovative “I Spy” opening graphics and much more.
Klynn, whose tenure at UPA lasted from 1944 to 1959, also helped create numer-ous motion picture cartoons beside Mr. Magoo, such as those of Gerald McBoing-Boing,” Madeline and Christopher Crumpet. His last executive position with the cartoon company was vice president and production chief.
Beginning in 1959, Klynn enjoyed a 23-year run as president of Format Prods., which he founded and where he was responsible for the creation of several popular cartoon shows including “The Alvin Show,” “The Lone Ranger” and “The Curiosity Shop,” which he collaborated on with renowned animator Chuck Jones.
Klynn is also remembered for creating the innovative graphic titles for the “I Spy” TV series and “The Duck Factory,” a semiautobiographical TV sitcom about an animation studio, which featured a young Jim Carrey.
Klynn also collaborated with Ted Geisel (author of the Dr. Seuss books), Saul Bass (Oscar-winning graphic designer) and Ray Bradbury in creating the Oscar-nominated “Icarus Montgolfier Wright,” an animated story of the first human travel to the moon.
A longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Klynn donated his considerable film and TV archive to the USC School of Cinema-Television and to the Museum of Television and Radio Broadcasting in Beverly Hills and New York.
Klynn is survived by his wife of 54 years, Selma; two sons; a daughter; 12 grand-children; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother.
Services will be held 1 p.m. Sundayat Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Klynn’s name be made to the Mo-tion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Wood-land Hills, CA 91364.