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December 6, 2004

John Parr Miller, 1913-2004

imageI totally missed this until a cartoonist fond of his work dropped me a note, but the October 29 passing of influential children's book illustrator J.P. Miller was announced approximately a week ago, marked by postings to artists' message boards and a much-quoted obituary in the New York Times.

In addition to his long career in illustration, Miller was also a character designer at the Disney studios when that meant working on a small team rather than in a small army. His work can be seen in Dumbo, Pinocchio and Fantasia. The best-known children's work to which Miller contributed is probably a popular version of Little Red Hen, which remains in print along with approximately 35 other works with a wide variety of collaborators.
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