RIP, Run Wrake, the most talented dude you’ve never heard of

British animator Run Wrake died from cancer at the age of 47 over the weekend, and when I heard about it today I asked myself, “Why does that name sound familiar?” Turns out it’s because he directed a BAFTA-nominated short film called “Rabbit” that I posted four years ago. Do you know how awesome an 8-minute short film from four years ago has to be for me to remember it? “Rabbit” is that awesome, I promise you. It turns out I’m a sucker for little kids who gut a rabbit and find a demon inside. Oh God, please watch it, it’s so f*cking good.

So once again, f*ck you, cancer.

Bummer news out of England. British animator Run Wrake died on Sunday morning from cancer at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two children, Florence and Joe.

Wrake was born in 1965 as John Wrake in the Republic of Yemen to a father who was an army chaplain. He attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design, and later the Royal College of Art. He burst onto the animation scene with his student film Anyway (1990), which aired on MTV’s Liquid Television.

Wrake spent the next two decades creating all kinds of animation including music videos (Howie B, Future Sound of London, Manu Chao, The Charlatans), MTV idents, concert visuals (U2), TV commercials, and short films, like Jukebox. [CartoonBrew]

There’s not much to say besides RIP, guy. The only silver lining to this turd cloud is that he has lots of his work on YouTube, so I know what I’ll be doing with the rest of my afternoon.




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[hat tip: ColeAbaius]