You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Richard Stone

Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47.

Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons of the ’40s and ’50s.

Since 1994, he had won Daytime Emmy Awards for his theme music for “Animaniacs” and “Freakazoid” and five others for music direction and composition on “Animaniacs” and “Histeria!”

He also scored many episodes of “Pinky and the Brain” and “Tazmania,” including the title themes for both, and penned the themes for “Road Rovers” and “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.”

Stone scored well over 100 cartoons since beginning his animation-music career on the Steven Spielberg-produced “Tiny Toon Adventures” in 1991. He helped to revive the Stalling tradition of fully orchestrated scores for animation, synchronizing music to character movement and incorporating a sly musical sense of humor.

He was drawn to the music in theatrical cartoons, particularly the Stalling scores for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck and company. The Philadelphia native was exposed to music through his father’s piano playing and his maternal grandfather’s job as music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stone studied cello and music theory at the Curtis Institute and Indiana U. He moved to California in 1980 and spent his first several years in the business as a music editor for such composers as Georges Delerue (on “Platoon” and other films) and Maurice Jarre (on “Witness”).

He went on to write music for various feature films and television projects, including the cult classics “Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat” and “Pumpkinhead,” as well as “North Shore” and the miniseries “In a Child’s Name.”

Stone is survived by two sons, a brother and sister, his mother, and two former wives.

A memorial service will be scheduled within the next few weeks. Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PO Box 1010, Torrance, CA 90505.

More Scene

  • Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle in concert, Radio

    Will Smith, LeBron James, Jon Stewart Join Dave Chappelle for All-Star Stand-Up Show

    Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. […]

  • Constance Wu, Jimmy O. Yang. Constance

    Emmys 2018: What You Didn't See on TV

    Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. […]

  • Ever Carradine, Madeline Brewer and Chrissy

    Emmys 2018: Inside All the Post-Show Parties

    Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. […]

  • House With a Clock in Its

    Cate Blanchett Would Love a Job on Television

    Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. […]

  • Director Joe Russo, right, chef Jessica

    Avengers, 'Community' Stars Assemble to Welcome Joe Russo's New Restaurant Simone

    Composer Richard Stone, who won seven Emmys for his work on “Animaniacs” and other animated TV shows, died Friday at his West Hills home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47. Stone was widely considered the modern-day successor to Carl Stalling, whose wild musical scores accompanied many of the classic Warner Bros. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content