The XILAM studio have sent their condolences to Olivier Jean-Marie, a poopular director who passed away last Thursday, 13th May, 2021, at 2:00 pm. The legend died peacefully alongisde his family members after battling a long-term illness. “Olivier was an animation master, a mentor, and a friend. His talent and vision have inspired so many artists, who will carry on his legacy,” Marc du Pontavice, CEO and Executive Producer of Xilam said. “He will also live on through the characters he created, beloved by generations of kids who grew up with them.”
The 60-year-old not only garnered over 300 episodes of Xilam’s “Oggy and the Cockroaches” series, but also the “New Adventures of Lucky Luke,” which received four million viewers every Sunday evening on France 3. He directed the second season of Space Goofs, having brilliantly overseen the animation of the first. He also created and directed the series Zig and Sharko, and contributed to the conception of “The Daltons,” “Welcome to the Ronks” and “Mr Magoo” series. He also penned several hundred episodes of the above-mentioned series.
The executive accumulated much more experience while working for XILAM’s studio, to which he remained faithful until his retirement in 2018. His career began in 1996, during which he used his creative strategies and added comedic grammar that has been passed on to several generations of directors and animators. He then passed his craft to “Chip & Dale,” followed by DreamWorks with “Mr. Magoo,” and helped revive its classic characters. After 25 years of companionship, the company sends condolences to his wife and daughters.
Olivier was an animation master, a mentor, and a friend. His talent and vision have inspired so many artists, who will carry on his legacy. He will also live on through the characters he created, beloved by generations of kids who grew up with them.” Marc du Pontavice CEO and Executive Producer, Xilam