Artist, animator, friend Louis Scarborough Jr. passed away last night from cancer (colon, lung and pancreatic). He was 60 years old.
Lou was an animator and storyboard artist on countless productions beginning in the mid-1970s, when I first met him. Lou was born in North Carolina, but grew up in New York City and he got a big break when was hired as an assistant animator on Richard Williams Raggedy Ann and Andy (1977). He moved up to Toronto to become an animator on Nelvana’s Rock & Rule (1984) and then migrated to Hollywood where he worked on numerous productions at Filmation (Pinnochio and The Emperor Of The Night, Bravestarr), Bagdasarian (Alvin and The Chipmunks), and Hanna Barbera (Godzilla, The Smurfs, etc.). At Warner Bros. Lou contributed his talents to Taz-Mania, Batman the Animated Series and Quest For Camelot. These credits are just the tip of the iceberg. Lou worked everywhere and was a consummate professional. He will be missed by all in the community and his life-long friends.
Below is the only photograph I could find of Lou online – taken at a reunion of the Raggedy Ann crew a few years ago (with Eric Goldberg, Tom Sito, Russell Calabrese, John Kimball, etc.) – and below that, a brief sample of his work. This post will be updated throughout the day. For more of Lou’s art, check his blog, Scarbororpolis. Animator Marc Schirmeister has been storing Lou’s belongings (artwork, books, personal effects) during his illness the last few months. Friends may contact Marc at (626) 793-6647 for further information.
UPDATE: Art Binninger, Bob McKnight and Swinton Scott sent in some great additional photos of Lou which I’ve posted below:
BELOW: From my personal photo archive, a pic of Lou (at right) from the late 1970s (at a San Diego Comic Con, I believe). Left to right: That’s young Dan Haskett, Kent Butterworth, a crazy-hippie Jerry Beck(!) holding a 16mm cartoon print, Lou Scarborough – and in front, the late great Jan Kucik.
Below: Lou and Mike Kazaleh