Storyboard artist, animator, comic book artist. Currently the editor-in-chief at Tucker Toons.
*Bio Summary: *
Keith Tucker grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Hawaii in 1975. He worked mostly on murals before eventually moved back to CA in the early ‘80s and became a storyboard artist for movies and television series.
Could not find any mention of where or how he was trained in art and animation, but his website continuously claimed that his primary focus had always been in tiki art.
*Career Outline: *
At a young age, Keith Tucker worked on murals as an independent artist before catching the attention of Paul McCartney, who contracted him to work on posters for his Wings Over America tour in 1976. He began his work in films after moving back to CA with John Carpenter’s The Thing, for which he did the main title sequence that involved burning in the film titles after the introduction (one of my favorite movies) before moving on to such films as Robocop 3 and The Addams Family. He was also a cover artist for Disney Comics, through which he regularly did penciling work and illustrating for special publications. His breakthrough in animation and cartoons was he took a union job and started working on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which would be the first of many high-profile television series that he would be involved with, as he would eventually win an Emmy award for his work in Pinky and the Brain. As of 2013, he is primarily working on both independent and contracted comic work, while also doing freelance Hawaiian-style artwork for various companies.
*Comments on Style: *
Keith Tucker’s comic work is extremely colorful, yet achieves a *chiaroscuro-*like contrast with his heavy use of thick shadows.
Keith Tucker mentions multiple times on his site that he is heavily inspired by Hawaiian art and has a place in Maui so he can remain close to that creative source. Other than that, he says that his two biggest influences are Jack Kirby and Gil Kane.
The only glimpse into Keith Tucker’s personality that I could get was from a YouTube video dating back to 2013 at one of his many convention appearances. He seems like a gregarious and humorous person, with a strong belief in a good ethic.
John Carpenter’s The Thing – 1982 (animator: main title sequence, VCE)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – 1984-1985 (storyboard artist)
She-Ra: Princess of Power – 1985 (storyboard artist)
Robotix – 1985 (storyboard director)
Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines – 1985 (main title creator/storyboard director)
G.I. Joe – 1986 (storyboard artist)
InHumanoids – 1986 (storyboard artist/title designer)
Sky Commanders – 1987 (storyboard director)
Bionic Six – 1987 (storyboard artist)
Dino-Riders – 1988 (storyboard artist)
Jem – 1987-1988 (storyboard artist)
Fantastic Max – 1988 (storyboard artist)
RoboCop – 1988 (storyboard director)
Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers – 1989 (storyboard designer)
DuckTales – 1989 (storyboard artist)
TaleSpin – 1990 (storyboard artist)
The Real Ghostbusters – 1990 (storyboard artist)
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – 1990 (storyboard director)
James Bond, Jr. – 1991 (storyboard artist)
The Pirates of Dark Water – 1991 (storyboard artist)
Garfield and Friends – 1991 (storyboard artist)
Widget, the World Watcher – 1990-1991 (storyboard artist)
Capitol Critters – 1992 (storyboard artist)
Tiny Toons Adventures – 1992 (storyboard artist)
Tom and Jerry: The Movie – 1992 (storyboard artist)
Mr. Bogus – 1991-1992 (storyboard artist)
The Addams Family – 1992 (storyboard artist)
RoboCop 3 – 1993 (storyboard artist)
Conan: The Adventurer – 1993 (pre-production supervisor)
Exosquad – 1993 – 1994 (storyboard artist)
Fantastic Four – 1994 (storyboard artist)
ABC Weekend Specials – 1994 (storyboard artist)
Iron Man – 1994 (storyboard artist)
BattleTech – 1995 (storyboard artist)
X-Men – 1993-1996 (storyboard artist)
Earthworm Jim – 1995-1996 (storyboard artist)
Street Fighter: The Animated Series – 1995-1997 (storyboard artist)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning – 1997 (storyboard artist)
Life with Louie – 1995-1997 (storyboard artist)
Pinky and the Brain – 1998 (storyboard artist)
Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain – 1998-1999 (storyboard artist)
Monster Mash – 2000 (storyboard artist)
Courage the Cowardly Dog – 2000-2002 (storyboard artist)
Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts: Creating ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ – 2008 (video documentary short)
Animating ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ – 2008 (video documentary short)
He Slimed Me! The Green World of Slimer and ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ – 2008 (video documentary short)
Who You Gonna Call? The Heroes of ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ – 2008 (video documentary short)
My Little Pony: Twinkle Wish Adventure – 2009 (storyboard artist)
Henry Hugglemonster – 2013 (storyboard artist)
The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard – 2014 (animator/character designer)
1998 – 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for “Pinky and the Brain”
2006 – 2007 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
“Keith Tucker.” Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. Web. Accessed August 27, 2015.
Keith Tucker Cartoonist. Web. 2012. Accessed September 15, 2015. http://www.keithtuckercartoonist.com
Tucker Toons. Web. 2012. Accessed September 15, 2015.
TheAwkwardMafia. “Jesse and Anthony Interview Keith Tucker.” YouTube. Web. Published August 19, 2013. Accessed September 16, 2015.
*Contributor to this Listing: *
Edward Reynolds Saldana Jr
Animators Hall of Fame