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Animator Dan Mills dies at 80

Worked on 'Family Guy,' 'He-Man'

Animator and layout artist Dan Mills, whose credits included TV series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and “Family Guy,” died Dec. 5. He was 80.

Over the course of a career that lasted from 1956 until his retirement in 2002, Mills worked for Disney, Snowball, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, Hyperion, Universal and Fox Animation.

Mills was a layout supervisor for “He-Man” and “She-Ra: Princess of Power” in 1985, the 1989 series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the 1990 feature toon “Happily Ever After.”

As a layout artist he earned credits on films including “The Secret of the Sword,” “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night,” “Freddie as F.R.O.7.,” “Asterix Conquers America,” “The Page Master” and “Cats Don’t Dance” and TV series “Pandamonium” and “Family Guys.”

Animator credits include “Linus! The Lion Hearted” in 1964, the “ABC Afterschool Special” episode “Cyrano” and TV series “These Are the Days,” “Partridge Family 2200 AD,” “Jabberjaw” and “Godzilla.”

Mills was story director on three series in 1973, “Goober and the Ghost Chasers,” “Inch High, Private Eye” and “Speed Buggy,” art director for the 1965 series “Captain Fathom” and a model artist on “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.”

In his final credit, he was a storyboard artist for the 2002 made-for-video pic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.”

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