SpongeBob’s Animator & Storyboard Director, Tuck Tucker, Dies at 59


The renowned veteran animator and storyboard director for shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, The Little Mermaid, Rugrats, The Simpsons, Hey Arnold! and the upcoming Bob’s Burgers movie, died on the 22nd of December, his family recently announced.



The creator of Hey Arnold! Craig Bartlett took to social media to pay tribute to Tucker, writing, ‘A great friend, a master draftsman, a tireless practical joker, a brilliant storyteller, the first one I reached out to when I began ‘Hey Arnold!’ because he was the best board guy I had ever met’.



He continued, ‘I’ll always remember him at his drawing board, arms blackened to the elbows with graphite, eraser shavings everywhere, bringing my characters to life. A killer work ethic, passionately into it. I’m so lucky I got to work with him for so many years. He gave and gave. I miss him already, my heart is broken. Rest in power, Tuck Tucker.’



Former SpongeBob storyboard artist, Nick Lauer, also honoured his mentor; ‘You might know him from Spongebob and Hey Arnold (he was a big reason why Helga turned out to be such a great character). I would not be where I am today without his guidance. I can’t get over the fact that I won’t be able to chat on the phone with him again. Don’t forget to tell the important people in your life how much they mean to you…Thanks for everything, Tuck.’



Earlier on in his career, Tucker also worked on Pinocchio, the Emperor of the Night, and later The Ren & Stimpy Show. His daughter was also one of the kids’ voices in the SpongeBob theme song!



He’s also worked on shows like Family Guy, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, A.L.F, The Fairly OddParents, and Camp Lazlo! Tucker also taught graphic and animation design at Longwood University in Virginia, his home state.



Rest in Power, Tuck Tucker

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