Oscar-winning animator Derek Lamb has died at the age of 69.

Lamb, who made his name producing animated shorts, lost his battle against cancer at a friend's home in Massachusetts on 5 November (05).

A former executive producer of the National Film Board's English Animation Studio in Montreal, Canada, Lamb claimed Oscar glory in 1979 for his part in acclaimed short film EVERY CHILD.

As well as producing the film, about an abandoned baby, British-born Lamb also wrote the screenplay.

Lamb's other acclaimed animated shorts include The Great Toy Robbery, Karate Kids and The Shepherd.

The animator was also among those behind hit new children's cartoon PEEP + The Big Wide World and he also established and taught workshops for wannabe animators at Harvard University.