My Relative Wilson D. ‘Pete’ Burness Animator (2nd from right)
Well, Pete really gave me a lot to aim for in my animation career but I strive every day to live up to the legacy he left me. Sorry for me I never met the man, having died the same year I was born. I look at his career with awe only hoping that one day I will reach or surpass some of the goals he set.
As an animator he was probably best known for Mr. Magoo in which he won two Academy Awards. Before that he worked on Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies as well as Rocky and Friends all of these shows being a staple in my childhood.
He also co-wrote and directed 1001 Arabian Nights a feature film about Mr. Magoo. Sorry to say he died of cancer but he will not be forgotten. Thanks Pete for inspiring me daily to become a better artist, animator and person.