Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Albert Uderzo R.I.P.

A giant in the world of comics has died. Albert Uderzo drew the legendary Asterix comic albums that became a part of millions of childhoods as well as adulthoods. I was -and still am- in love with his work on Asterix and other characters. Genius!

I did one post on Uderzo a while ago, but since then have found more pics from our lunch in Paris, around 1995. I was working on the Mickey short Runaway Brain at the French Disney studio in Montreuil, just east of Paris.
On the left is Didier Ghez, who arranged this get together. On the far right is his daughter Sylvie.

Uderzo stops by the French Disney studio. That's animator Catherine Poulain in the middle, and animator Sylvain Deboissy on the right.

A few of us had lunch with Uderzo after the studio visit. Animator Yoshi Tamura is in the back.

On the left are Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi, who would later direct the Firebird sequence in Fantasia 2000.

Here is the link to my 2014 post on Uderzo:


  1. It is great to know that he and his daughter came to terms with their "family disagreement" at last not too long ago! Another GENIUS Indeed!

  2. Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi directed Asterix vs Caesar

  3. One of the greats if not the best.
    Also had the chance to met him and exchange some letters with him. The last was 4 months ago. I gave him a little sculpture of him. He was very tired but always there to answer to his fans. He was humble, kind and amazingly talented. Let's never forget that he was self-taught! And he did so much more than Asterix. I have an original that I cherish in my office. I will be very happy to shared it with you if you are interested.

    Also, a little word to say thank you for this blog and all of this memories you are sharing with us Mister Deja. I came here since many years and your passion became mine. What a fantastic chance to have all of this documents and drawing from those Maestro. Thank you very much for that. I often re-read your great book about the 9 old men. Again a big treasure. I still can't wait to see Mushka. Currently great time for 2D animation, look like people suddenly reminded that this medium is always there. Strike while the iron is hot :-)