The animator, who received his Academy Award nomination for his 1984 short film Doctor De Soto, passed away on Saturday (20Aug16).

Schindel founded Weston Woods studios in 1953, and over the years, his team produced more than 500 films, and became known for its iconographic style of filmmaking, which used cut-out still illustrations as the basis for its animation.

A statement posted on the Facebook page of his non-profit organisation, the Weston Woods Institute in Connecticut, reads, "We are saddened to learn Mort Schindel passed on Saturday. His films brought so much joy to children around the world."

Weston Woods animations regularly appeared on U.S. television, airing on long running children's shows such as Captain Kangaroo and Eureeka's Castle.

Schindel's most acclaimed work came later in his career, with Doctor De Soto, an animation following a mouse dentist who treats a fox despite fears he may be eaten. It was based on a book written and illustrated by William Steig, and earned Schindel a nomination in the Best Animated Short category at the 1985 Oscars.

The studio also received the Andrew Carnegie medal for Excellence in Children's Video for its 1995 film Owen, adapted from a book by Kevin Henkes.

In 1996, Weston Woods studios was acquired by bosses at publishing giant Scholastic, with Schindel staying on as an adviser.

His survivors include his wife, author Cari Best.