Bud Luckey, Oscar-Nominated Pixar Animator Who Designed Toy Story’s Woody, Dead at 83

Bud Luckey, the Pixar animator and character designer who created the look of Toy Story’s Woody, died Saturday at the age of 83. His son confirmed his passing in a hospice after “an extended illness” to The Hollywood Reporter. Chances are if you grew up on Pixar movies, or simply loved them as an adult, Luckey had a hand in bringing some of your favorite characters to life. In addition to all three Toy Story films, Luckey helped design characters for Cars, Monsters, Inc., and A Bug’s Life. He also created a number of Sesame Street segments. Alongside his animating career Luckey voice-acted in several features, voicing The Incredibles’ Agent Rick Dicker, the world-weary Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3 and Eeyore in 2011’s Winnie the Pooh. In 2004, Luckey received an Academy Award nomination for Boundin’, a cartoon short about a dancing sheep written, directed, and voiced by the animator himself.

Toy Story Designer and Animator Bud Luckey Dead at 83