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Tom Cook began his career as an animator and director in 1978 at Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he initially worked as an assistant animator on a variety of beloved shows including "Challenge of the SuperFriends," "Godzilla," "Scooby-Doo," "Smurfs," "Pacman," and "The Flintstones."




He briefly joined Ruby-Spears, contributing to "Thundarr the Barbarian," "Heathcliff," "Fang Face," and "Plastic Man." Tom also freelanced at Film Roman, where he worked on the Emmy Award-winning Garfield Special "Babes and Bullets," and collaborated with Bill Melendez on the Peanuts special "This is America, Charlie Brown."


In 1980, Tom moved to Filmation Studios, which at the time was the sole animation studio in the United States still producing animation domestically. There, he worked on a series of notable projects including "Tarzan," "Flash Gordon," "Blackstar," "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," "The 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." His commercial work included animations for The Jolly Green Giant, Chevrolet, the 7 Up Spot campaign, and the Paula Abdul video for "Opposites Attract," featuring MC Skat Kat.


Tom directed numerous episodes of popular TV cartoons such as "Road Rovers," Disney's "Mighty Ducks," "PB & J Otter," "Duckman," "King of the Hill," "Savage Dragon," HBO's "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child," "Extreme Ghostbusters," "Extreme Dinosaurs," and "The Simpsons."


In the feature film arena, he contributed either as an animator or as the key clean-up artist to several films, including Walt Disney's "The Prince and the Pauper" starring Mickey Mouse, "Tummy Trouble" featuring Roger Rabbit, "The Jetsons Movie," "Rover Dangerfield," "Stay Tuned," "Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night," Steven Spielberg's "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story," and Don Bluth's "Thumbelina."

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