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Birth: September 22, 1918 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England
Death: December 6, 2007 in Anaheim, California, USA.


Animator, Animation Director, Storyboard artist, Story Director, Teacher.

Bio Summary

Lived in Lancashire where he was born until he moved to Ontario at the age of seven. His first job was at Disney in 1944. He worked at various smaller studios after he left Disney, and then went on to work at Hanna-Barbera in 1959 and stayed there for twenty one years. After retiring, he started teaching and giving seminars in 1985.

Early Life/Family

Ken Southworth took an interest in art at a very early age, and was able to win a scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute when he was ten. His older brother Gordon cheered him on and pushed him to pursue his artistic dream and further his talent.


Scholarship to Chicago Art institute at the age of ten and eleven.

Career Outline

Worked at Disney for six years starting in 1944, Walter Lantz, MGM, Rudy Cataldi Productions, Sam Sing Productions, Hanna-Barbera for 21 years, Clokey Productions, Warner Brothers, Inkwell Images and Rainbow Productions. He also taught and gave seminars at Hanna-Barbera, the American Animation Institute, Glendale Animation Studios, the University of California at Fullerton, VanArts, Laguna College of Art and Design and Detroit Center for Creative Studies.

Comments On Style




Ken held a citizenship in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
 While at the Disney studio, he worked as an assistant and rough animator for Frank Thomas, Milt Kahl, and Ward Kimball.


Credited with having animated one of the Woody Woodpecker title scenes, along with LaVerne Harding.

Animated on the "Beany and Cecil" title scenes.


Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Cinderella (1950) (rough animator)
Alice in Wonderland (1951) (rough animator)
Wrestling Wrecks (1953) (animator)
Maw and Paw (1953) (animator)
Hypnotic Hick (1953) (animator)
Belle Boys (1953) (animator)
Socko in Morocco (1954) (animator)
Alley to Bali (1954) (animator)
Under the Counter Spy (1954) (animator)
Hot Rod Huckster (1954) (animator)
Timid Tabby (1957) (animator)
Grin and Share It (1957) (animator)
Blackboard Jumble (1957) (animator)
Tom's Photo Finish (1957) (animator)
One Droopy Knight (1957) (animator)
Happy Go Ducky (1958) (animator)
Sheep Wrecked (1958) (animator)
Mutts About Racing (1958) (animator)
Droopy Leprechaun (1958) (animator)
"Bucky and Pepito" (1959) TV series (animator)
"The Yogi Bear Show" (1961) TV series (animator)
"The Atom Ant Show" (1965) TV series (animator)
"Jonny Quest" (1964-1965) TV Series (animator)
"The Super 6" (1966) TV series (animator)
"Space Ghost" (1966) TV series (animator)
"Fantastic 4" (1967) TV Series (animator)
"The Archie Show" (1968) TV Series (animator)
TV Series (animator)
"The Batman/Superman Hour" (1968)
"Fantastic Voyage" (1968) TV Series (animator)
"The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" (1968) TV Series (animator)
TV Series (animator)
"Scooby Doo, Where Are You!" (1969)
"Where's Huddles?" (1970) TV Series (animator)
"Harlem Globe Trotters" (1970) TV Series (animator)
"The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" (1971) TV series (animator)
Shinbone Alley (1971) (animator)
TV Series (animator)
"Davey and Goliath" (1972)
"The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" (1972) TV Series (animator)
TV Series (animator)
"The New Scooby-Doo Movies" (1972)
TV Series (animator)
"The Roman Holidays" (1972)
Treasure Island (1973) (animator)
“Butch Cassidy” (1973) TV Series (story director)
“Lassie’s Rescue Rangers” (1973) TV Series (storyboard artist)
“Star Trek” (1973 – 1974) TV Series (storyboard artist)
"Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch" (1974) TV series (animator)
"Jabberjaw" (1976) TV Series (animator)
"The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour" (1976) TV Series (animator)
"The Mumbly Cartoon Show" (1976) TV series (animator)
"The All-New Super Friends Hour" (1977 )TV Series (animator)
"Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics" (1977) TV series (animator)
"The Great Grape Ape Show" (1977) TV Series (animator)
"Challenge of the SuperFriends" (1978) TV Series (animator)
"Godzilla" (1978) TV series (animator)
"The New Fred and Barney Show" (1979) TV series (animator)
"Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo" (1979) TV series (animator)
"The World's Greatest SuperFriends" (1979) TV Series (animator)
Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood (1979) (TV) (animator)
"The New Shmoo" (1979) TV series (animation supervisor)
"Casper and the Angels" (1979) TV series (animator)
The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling (1980) (TV) (animator)
"The Flintstone Comedy Show" (1980) TV Series (animator)
"The Kwicky Koala Show" (1981) TV series (animator)
"ABC Weekend Specials" (1981-1982) TV Series (animator)
Christmas Comes to PacLand (1982) (TV) (animator)
"Pac-Man" (1982) TV Series (animator)
"Shirt Tales" (1982) TV series (animator)
"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" (198) TV Series (animator)
"The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show" (1983) TV Series (animator)
"Paw Paws" (1985) TV Series (animator)
"Smurfs" (1981 – 1985) TV Series (animator)
"The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" (1985) TV Series (animator)
Moses (1986) (V) (animator)
"Ghostbusters" (1986) TV Series (animator)
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) (animator)
"She-Ra: Princess of Power" (1986 – 1987) TV Series (animator)
"BraveStarr" (1987 – 1988) TV Series (animator)
BraveStarr: The Legend (1988) (animator)
"Timeless Tales from Hallmark" (animator, animation director)
"Gravedale High" (1990) TV Series (animation director)
"Potsworth & Co." (1990) TV Series (animator)
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures" (1990) TV Series (animation director)
The Miracles of Jesus (1991) (animation director)
Snoopy's Reunion (1991) (TV) (animator)
It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown! (1992) TV (animator)
“Tom and Jerry Kids Show” (1990) TV Series (animation director)
“The Pirates of Dark Water” (1992 – 1993) TV Series (animation director)
“Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron” (1993) TV Series (animation director)
“Droopy: Master Detective” (1993) TV Series (animation director)


Received awards at the World-fest Houston and the US International Film and Video Festival for the “Ken Southworth Animation Instruction Series”. Won a “Golden Award” in 2005 for having worked in the animation industry for fifty years.

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