RIP Giuseppe Laganà
Sad news as we head into 2016: long time friend of Cartoon, illustrator master animator and director, Maurizio Laganà died on 3 January in Rome after a long illness. Not disappearing, however, is his gentle smile and the fruits of his great creativity that placed him among the creators of the cartoon. He will be sure remembered for his more than 50+ years long contribution to the art of animation.
Born in Milan and graduated from the Academy of Brera, when very young began to work with Pierluigi De Mas, then he entered the studio of Bruno Bozzetto collaborating with the three big hits, three historical feature films as "West & Soda" (1965), "Vip mio fratello superuomo" (1968), "Allegro non troppo" (1976). With Bozzetto he also collaborated for the realization of the series of "Signor Rossi". His career as well, then, was a series of successes as a director and producer: with its "Animation Band" brought the animated character Lupo Alberto, created by Silver (Guido Silvestri) in the famous TV series.
Lagana has signed the direction of TV series such as "Sandokan 2" (2000) and "The Last of the Mohicans" (2003), made under the direction of an series conceived by Bozzetto as "Spaghetti Family". He has signed an international success as a feature on the bunny "Felix". Not only entertainment, though: Lagana was an artist of the imagination in the round, also ranging in the illustration, in the comics and advertising. Researcher and innovator had experimented already in the early 'eighties with the 3D in its "Pixnocchio" with Guido Vanzetti. He was currently at work on the upcoming Tv series “Treasure Island”.
A winner of numerous awards around the world, in July 2015 Lagana was the star of an exhibition-tribute to Rimini festival "Cartoon Club" with "Dreams of all colors and Cartoons". A great (and deserved) satisfaction for this great author.
CARTOON sends its sincerest condolences to Laganà’s family.
Inspired by the press article of Roberto David Papini in Quotidiano