Dan Lee

Pixar character designer

Pixar character designer Dan Lee died of lung cancer Jan. 15 in Berkeley, Calif. He was 35.

Lee joined Pixar in 1996 as a sketch artist, character designer and animator for “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2.” He later designed characters for “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo,” and he was working on one of the studio’s upcoming animated films.

Among the characters Lee designed were Rosie, Princess Atta, Dot, Hopper and Tuck & Roll in “A Bug’s Life”; Waternoose in “Monsters, Inc.”; and Nemo, Marlin, Bloat, Nemo’s friends and the barracuda in “Finding Nemo.”

Lee also was known for his ability to design charming and appealing female and child characters.

Born in Montreal, he grew up primarily in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ontario.

He became interested in animation in high school, and graduated from the classical animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, where he received the Board of Governors Silver Medal for Academic Excellence.

Before joining Pixar, Lee worked on television cartoons and commercials for studios such as Kennedy Cartoons in Toronto and Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.

He is survived by his parents and three sisters.

Donations may be made to the Alta Bates Summit Foundation, 2450 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705.

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