Gerald Potterton, an animator and filmmaker whose most notable works embody “Heavy Metallic” and the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” movie, died on Aug. 23, the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada introduced on Wednesday. He was 91.
He died on the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec, the place he lived for many of his life. His most outstanding work was directing the 1981 animated cult basic “Heavy Metallic,” an anthology movie of various science fiction and fantasy tales surrounding a power that’s described as “the sum of all evils.”
He additionally labored as an animator on the Beatles’ 1968 musical comedy “Yellow Submarine,” which turned lauded as a piece that broadened the final inhabitants’s curiosity in animation.
Potterton was born on March 8, 1931 in London, England and moved to Canada in 1955. He lived in Cowansville and began engaged on dwell and animated movement photos to start his profession in movie.
Potterton additionally directed live-action movies within the Sixties, equivalent to “The Journey” in 1963 and “The Railrodder” in 1965. The latter featured Buster Keaton in one in every of his final starring roles.
“Gerald got here to Canada and the NFB to be a part of a brand new wave of storytelling, one which was contemporary and irreverent, and he introduced nice wit and creativity to each undertaking,” Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB chairperson and authorities movie commissioner, stated in an announcement. “He was additionally a builder, serving to to put the muse for at the moment’s impartial Canadian animation business with Potterton Productions. He was an distinctive artist and a very good man.”