Truly, one of the greats. He will be missed.
Lee B
And very generous with his thoughts and materials over at CartoonResearch.

His posts are certainly worth a re-read now.
Really one of the greats. One of the most underrated people in the history of animation. Rest In Peace, Mr. Deitch. I regret never being able to meet him.
Jason Todd
This is quite unfortunate.

Deitch was never one of my favorite directors; I was never a fan of the early-1960s Tom and Jerry cartoons he directed. But, I’m quite saddened by the news of his death.
Sigh... Gene's life has now come to an ENDUT! HOCH HECH!
We'll always remember your long relationship with Weston Woods, Munro and all the rest.

Farewell, for now, Nudnik.
(remembers having had always enjoyed certain "Tom and Jerry" and "Popeye" movies credited to a director named "Gene Deitch" for sounds that might be described as "strange" or "weird")
Jonathan Wilson
A wonderful tribute from his biggest fan: Jerry.

I've been rewatching his Terrytoons films and Munro last month. Such a huge loss. RIP. A Terrific artist.
I always come to TTTP in Exile in the hope of finding news about Warner announcing Tex Avery Collection.
Farewell, Gene. In my book, Gene was every bit an animation legend as, say, Chuck Jones or Tex Avery, and it's really a pity that most people will probably know of him simply for the series of Tom and Jerry cartoons he did in the early 60s, and not for the rest of his extraordinary body of work. I challenge anybody who's only seen that part of Gene's body of work to watch, oh, I don't know, How to Avoid Friendship and hopefully be pleasantly surprised. By the way, I confess to finding a good percentage of those entires (save for Down and Outing and High Steaks) as at least decent, not just for the weird and wonderful SFX (that loud "BOI-OI-OI-NG!" never fails to get at least a chuckle from me), but for the interesting and creative gags (e.g. Tom as the captain's shadow in Dickey Moe or the ants on the sheet music in Carmen Get It!, which incidentally is probably my favorite of the batch) and Steven Konichek's scores, even if the sound quality as recorded by an Ampex tape recorder makes it sound like it was recorded in a lavatory. Even though I haven't seen much of his book adaptations for Weston Woods since I was young (much of these were issued on a DVD series called "Scholastic Video Library" or something like that), I never knew Gene worked on those and must admit, I'll always prefer his take on Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to the CG remake that came out some years ago. Also, I really like how the soundtrack in The Three Robbers is entirely vocal, even down to the sound effects.

I've decided to take this weekend to watch films from ol' Gene that I've never seen before, like much of his Terrytoons, Tom Terrific, Nudnik, Munro, the "Self-Help" series, etc. and although I'm not as great a fan as Jerry Beck, I totally appreciate his contributions to animation, lest we forget his charming contributions to the comic strip world in the form of that renowned "hero of his'try," Terr'ble Thompson.

I'm afraid I couldn't possibly muster up anything as eloquent as what others may say, but that's the best I can do. I'm just going to say one thing, though: even though I don't mind the feature-length adaptation of Charlotte's Web from Hanna-Barbera, I can't help but wonder what Gene's take on it might've been like. (Useless trivia: E.B. White was actually good friends with Deitch!)

Well, I guess I'll say one other thing: check out Gene's posts on Cartoon Research and his "Roll the Credits" webpage if you've the chance.
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
Lee B
Originally Posted by: wiley207 

Sigh... Gene's life has now come to an ENDUT! HOCH HECH!

Thanks for that old Simpsons reference. From the first time I saw that, I always thought it was a fun nod to the Deitch era Tom and Jerrys, if you were enough of a cartoon fan to know what that scene was parodying.
I'll probably need to marathon his Terrytoons some day.
May He Rest In Peace.

His Tom and Jerry cartoons may not be the greatest, but they have an odd quality to them that I like. Then of course there's his excellent Terrytoons. God bless him, and his wife Zdenka.
Jonathan Wilson
The Comics Journal recently re- posted an interview conducted by Gary Groth back in 2008.