Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67

Michael Sporn, an Academy Award nominee for best animated short film and the director of more than 30 television specials for outlets such as HBO, PBS, Showtime and CBS, died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on January 19. He was 67.

Long a mainstay among New York-based independent animation filmmakers, Sporn earned a 1984 Oscar nomination for the short film “Doctor DeSoto,” adapted from William Steig’s children’s book. It was one of 15 short children’s films Sporn produced and directed for distributor Weston Woods, including Steig’s “Abel’s Island” (1988), which was nominated for an Emmy; “The Amazing Bone” (1985), winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” (2005), winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video and best short children’s film award from the Ottawa Animation Festival.

Sporn’s animated HBO specials adapted from children’s books and tales include
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