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He Made One of Our Favorite Commericals: The California Raisins Singing ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’ Claymation Master Will Vinton Dies at 70. Watch the Raisins Again Now

Oct 5, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Will Vinton, an Oscar-winning master of Claymation who coined the term, has died,” reports Variety, noting that Vinton was 70.

The story continues, “Vinton’s children announced his death in a Facebook post, writing that he had been battling multiple myeloma for 12 years.”

The author of the Variety article, Erin Nyren, adds, “Vinton’s legacy includes the establishment of Portland as a stop-motion destination for creators and animators. His studio created numerous iconic Claymation characters for advertisements, especially the California Raisins, which gained notoriety for the art of Claymation as a whole after an ad using the Motown hit ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine” went the ’80s equivalent of viral.”

Vinton and Bob Gardiner won an Academy Award for the short Claymation film “Closed Mondays” (1975).

We found both the California Raisins spot and “Closed Mondays” (which runs just about 7 minute YouTube. Here they are:

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