John Culhane was an American animation historian, he died of complications from heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease.
Journalist John Culhane, best known for his trailblazing work as a Disney animation historian, as well as being the inspiration for Mr. Snoops in The Rescuers and Flying John in Fantasia/2000, passed away today at his home in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The cause of death was complications from cardiac failure and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81 years old.
Culhane was a writer and journalist by trade, working for major publications such as the Chicago Daily News, Newsweek, and The New York Times, however he is known to the animation world for his work as an animation historian.