Tom Cook, “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” Animator, Coming to Portland & Cleveland!
She-Ra, Superfriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Scooby Doo, Smurfs+
You have seen his work for decades and may have even passed him on the street and not recognized him... his name is Tom Cook. He began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios where he was hired to work as an assistant animator on Challenge of the SuperFriends, Godzilla, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Pacman and the Flintstones.
A short stop at Ruby-Spears had him working on Thundarr the Barbarian (had the privilege to meet and work with Jack Kirby), Heathcliff, Fang Face and Plastic Man. Freelancing at Film Roman he worked on the Garfield Special Babes and Bullets and for Bill Melendez on the Peanuts Special This is America Charlie Brown.
He then moved over to Filmation Studios in 1980, which at this point had become the only animation studio doing animation in the United States, and worked on Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Blackstar, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Brown Hornet, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power, Ghostbusters, Lone Ranger, Zorro, The Kids Super Power Hour with Shazam (Captain Marvel), Hero High and the futuristic Western Bravestarr. He was also involved with many TV commercials such as The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, and the 7 Up Spot campaign.
He then became the timing director on Road Rovers, Disney’s Mighty Ducks, PB & J Otter, Duckman, King of the Hill, Savage Dragon, HBO’s Happily Ever After Fairy Tales, Extreme Ghostbusters, Extreme Dinosaurs and many more.
He also animated on a number of motion pictures such as Walt Disney’s Prince and the Pauper starring Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit in Tummy Trouble, The Jetson’s Movie, Rover Dangerfield, Stay Tuned, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Steven Spielberg’s We’re Back, and Don Bluth’s Thumbelina.
Originally born in Silver Springs NY, moved to the cozy little town of Huntington, on Long Island NY at age 3. An avid comic book collector when Marvel first began in the early 1960s. In 1968 at the age of 16 his family moved to Northridge CA in the San Fernando Valley, just over the hill from Hollywood. In 1990 he moved to Seattle WA and spent a few years working at Microsoft. He was also Art Director for the collectible card game Magi-Nation and the online cartoon series Superhero Roommate. He is now semi-retired and living in Coeur d’Alene Idaho with his wife Karen, their 4 children Christina, Amanda, Elizabeth and Katie and the family dog Jessie. He also has 4 granddaughters, Alexis, Emily, Madilynne and Megan. He keeps busy doing commissions for fans, playing softball and following his favorite sport... baseball! Check out his website at: www.comicrecreations.com