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Andrew D. Knight (November 23, 1961 – April 11, 2008) was a Canadian animator, film and television director, voice actor, and creator of The Andy & Robin Show, Ned's Newt, Bolts & Blip and the Jetix series Get Ed.
Life and career Edit
Andy Knight was born in Pembroke, Ontario, the son of Geoffrey and Betty Knight, and has two older siblings, Fiona Knight-Gagné and Peter Knight.
Knight's entry into the animation industry was with the Gaumont Film Company in Paris. During his time in France he worked on a number of film and television projects, including the Inspector Gadget series. In 1989 he moved to London, as Creative Director of the Passion Pictures studio. In 1992 he and his wife, Linzi, struck out on their own, founding Red Rover Studios in London. In 1996 they were persuaded to open the Disney Canada studio in Toronto, to which they agreed on condition that The Walt Disney Company finance the move of Red Rover to Toronto, as well.
Over the years, among a large body of work, he contributed to three Asterix films as a storyboard artist and supervisor, was animation director for the 2000 DreamWorks production Joseph: King of Dreams, directed the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, and was the writer and director of the BAFTA- and Annie Award-nominated 2003 short Plumber. In addition, he created, developed, wrote, animated and directed many award-winning commercial and television projects, including the Andy & Robin, Ned's Newt and Get Ed series.
He died of a stroke on April 11, 2008.