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RIP Run Wrake

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Respected British animator, illustrator and RCA almunus Run Wrake has tragically passed away this week, at the young age of 47.

Though he was possibly best known in the animated film-making community for his Animate Projects commissioned film “Rabbit” (2005), the commercial work he produced spanned music videos for bands such as Stereo MCs, Future Sound of London, The Charlatans and Howie B (with whom he collaborated frequently), music promos for U2, Genesis and George Michael as well as commercials/idents for a range of clients as diverse as MTV, Halifax, Coca-Cola, Saatchi & Saatchi and CBBC.

In June of this year he uploaded the short film “Down With The Dawn,” an abstract piece inspired by the period during which he was initially diagnosed with the cancer which eventually lead to his untimely death, which premiered last month at the Ottawa International Animation Festival alongside a timely retrospective of his body of work titled “Meatheads, Rabbits & The Dawn”. The film, along with a selection of other work including his original RCA short “Anyway” (1990) can be viewed on his personal YouTube channel, while an archive of work and his illustrated biography can be viewed on his website.

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  • Such sad news. Will always remember seeing Rabbit for the first time at uni

  • Sad news, never tire watching Rabbit.

  • He is one of those artists that you do not forget. The first time I saw Rabbit I was mesmerised

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