Pixar animator Bud Luckey, the man widely credited with bringing Toy Story’s Woody the Cowboy to life, has died at the age of 83.
In a statement offered to the Hollywood Reporter, Luckey’s family confirmed that he died at a hospice facility on Saturday after a lengthy illness.
During his time at Pixar, Luckey drafted over 200 possible designs before settling on the final look of Woody The Cowboy ahead of Toy Story’s eventual release in 1995.
He also wrote, directed, narrated, voiced, sung and composed the five-minute film Boundin’, a 2004 Oscar winning short that played in cinemas before The Incredibles. It told the story of a dancing sheep that suffers crippling shyness after he is sheared.
Bud Luckey 1934-2018 With great sadness I announce the passing of my Dad: Bud Luckey. My Dad was best known for his work in animation (PIXAR/Disney/Sesame Street) and as a voice actor (Eeyore,…
Luckey’s vocal talents also featured in several Pixar films, having played the role of Rick Dicker, the head of the Superhero Relocation Program in The Incredibles , as well as Chuckles The Clown in Toy Story 3.
Away from Pixar, he was renowned for his work on Sesame Street, having created episodes of the educational children’s programme including The Ladybug’s Picnic, which focused on the Number 12.
Describing Luckey’s involvement at Pixar, animation chief John Lasseter previously said: “Bud Luckey is one of the true unsung heroes of animation.
“Bud helped design most of the films we’ve made from Toy Story [in 1995] onward. He was the fifth animator hired here at Pixar.”