Stanley C. Phillips

October 21, 1932January 28, 2014

81 passed away on January 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Judy, son Steve, his two sisters, Ardis Miller, and Virginia Phillips of Denver, along with his grandson, Danny Phillips, and nieces, nephews and daughters-in-law. Stan was born in Sterling, Colorado and grew up in Denver, attending Byers, Denver South High and the University of Denver where he earned a B.A. in English.

After serving in the Army Security Agency he returned to DU and worked toward an M.A. in Anthropology. Later he taught in the DU Dept of Mass Communications for two semesters.

He was the Laboratory Manager and Vice President at Western Cine; wrote many industrial film scripts for Denver film producers and several film scripts for the Colorado State Dept. of Public Health.

Stan Phillips and Stan Brakhage, an experimental filmmaker who taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, were friends at South High and made their first film, "Interim" together. Later Phillips produced and Brakhage shot and directed two experimental films promoting the State of Colorado for the Colorado Visitors Bureau. They were titled Colorado Legends.

In 1967 Stan created the first Animation Studio in Denver and, in addition to making short TV spots, made two short animated films for The National Parks' Visitor's Centers at Capitol Reef and Rocky Mountain National Park.

While in Denver he specialized in public service animated films on conservation topics. Pat Oliphant, the political cartoonist at the Denver Post at the time, designed the characters for two of the four films: "A Snort History" for DU/ Colorado Dept. of Highway Safety and "Choice Stakes" for the EPA. Water Follies was made for the Denver Water Department and "Current Events" was made for Southern California Edison.

In 1985 Phillips relocated to LA where he continued his animation career at Marvel, DiC, and Disney, supervising two animated features: "Madeline, Lost in Paris" and "A Christmas Carol".

A memorial reception will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30pm in the reception center at Olinger Crown Hill. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Stan's name to the Archaeological Conservancy, 1717 Girard Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106, (505) 266-1540.


  • Memorial Reception Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stanley C. Phillips

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