Bruno Bianchi (cartoonist)
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Bruno Bianchi
Died2 December 2011(2011-12-02) (aged 56)

Bruno Bianchi (Italian pronunciation: ['bru:no 'bja?ki], 1955 - 2 December 2011) was a French cartoonist, comics artist [1] and animation director. Bianchi worked extensively as an artist, director and producer on animated television productions; including Heathcliff, Iznogoud and most notably, Inspector Gadget, which he also co-created.[2][3]

Bianchi started his career at DiC Audiovisuel (later DiC Entertainment) in 1977 at age 22 as a cel painter, then gradually assumed creative positions. His first director's credit was on the 1980 edutainment mini-series Archibald le Magichien (directly translated: Archibald the Magic Dog). In 1983, Bianchi scored his first major directing job on Inspector Gadget, a series he co-created with Andy Heyward and DiC's founder Jean Chalopin.[4] Bianchi served as main character designer and supervising director on the show, which became one of the most iconic series produced by DiC.

Subsequently, Bianchi worked as a director, producer and designer on numerous other DiC Entertainment, Saban Entertainment and SIP Animation television animation productions from the 1980s until the mid-2000s. His credits include Heathcliff (where he co-created the Cats and Company characters together with Jean Chalopin), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, M.A.S.K., Rainbow Brite, Diplodos (which he co-created and co-wrote with Jean Chalopin), Iznogoud, Princess Sissi and Gadget & the Gadgetinis (a spinoff of Inspector Gadget).[3]

In 2008, following the closure of SIP Animation, Bianchi founded his own studio, Ginkgo Animation.[3] One of Ginkgo's projects had been George and Me (French title Georges et Moi),[5] an adaptation of a 2006 Soleil Productions comic series that had first been picked up by SIP Animation as early as December 2007,[6] and had been planned to start production at SIP at the beginning of 2009.[7] However, by April 2011 this venture of Ginkgo's was considered unsuccessful due to changing priorities in the French animation industry,[5] according to one of the authors of the original comics.[8]

Bianchi died on 2 December 2011 at the age of 56.[3] He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris on 6 December 2011.[3][4]




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  2. ^ Arrant, Chris (2 December 2011). "French Animator Bruno Bianchi ("Inspector Gadget") Passes Away". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "French TV Animator Bruno Bianchi Passes Away". Animation Magazine. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Disparition de Bruno Bianchi, le créateur de l'Inspecteur Gadget". Le Monde. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Georges et moi, le projet de série télé par ginkgo-animation - Maroin Eluasti.". 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "des NEWS de l'anim - N°13". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "UpNext-What's developing in kids production". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ recherche, résultats de; recherche, résultats de (17 August 2006). "Georges et moi, Tome 1 : Bubble-gum et croquettes". Soleil Productions. Retrieved 2018 – via Amazon.

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