Daniel Gerson, aged 49 passed away on 6th of February, he was struggling with brain cancer and died peacefully in his home surrounded by all his dear ones. He left a wife and two children.
Although his name may not be very well-known, he’s definitely worth remembering, as he created some of the most memorable animated films of recent years. He was a writer responsible for creating screenplays for many wonderful Disney and Pixar blockbusters, like: Monsters Inc. its sequel, and Big Hero 6.
His career began in 2001 when he started working with Disney/Pixar, co-writing Monsters Inc. screenplay‚ with a Pixar heavyweight Andrew Stanton. He also assisted with additional screenplay material for Disney features, such as: Chicken Little and Cars.
It is worth mentioning that Monsters Inc. was the first Pixar movie nominated for the Academy Award as Best Animated Feature. It didn’t succeed, however, one year later in 2015, his film Big Hero 6 was awarded with the Oscar. Except for the work on the screenplay, Daniel was also voicing one of the characters from the movie - the police desk sergeant (he’s to be heard in movie’s trailer). Although Big Hero 6 was Gerson’s most recent work, it’s not the last one. He was among the screenwriters, who contributed to the upcoming Cars 3 (it’s going to be released in the summer of 2017). Despite the lack of information about this last production’s plot, we expect it to be worth waiting for and exciting.
We’ve lost an extremely gifted writer and a family man. Thanks to his brilliant films, the memory of him will stay with us forever and we’ll keep him in our hearts.