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Tuck Tucker , one of the animation veterans behind Nickelodeon cartoons like:  Hey Arnold! and  SpongeBob passed away on December 22 at the age of 59.

“We know he was loved by everyone he met,” the Tucker family wrote when they announced Tucker’s death via Facebook, where the director of The Magical Godfathers would remember him as “father, husband, son, brother and uncle . “

His animation career spanned three decades and began in 1987 with the film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night . Tucker has also worked on such films as The Little Mermaid and the  Family Guy  spinoff ” Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story .”

As a character artist, Tucker’s credits include numerous episodes of The Simpsons (1990-1993) and Rugrats (1991); Tucker worked as a storyboard artist on the latter between 1994 and 1995.

Tucker worked on several iconic nicktoons , including The Ren and Stimpy Sho w (1992-1993), Aaahh !!! Real Monsters (storyboard artist, 1994-1995) and Hey, Arnold! (1996-2004). He was also the writer, Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants , writing episodes like “Best Day Ever” and “Fresh Squid Breath.”

Tucker was also the lead storyboard director on “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!”, A stop-motion animation special that aired on CBS and Nickelodeon , and was the storyboard artist on the 2004 feature film SpongeBob, The Movie. .

A legend has left for the animation world, but his legacy will prevail forever.

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