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Posthumous Credit

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An actor or someone who worked on a film or some other type of media has been dead for some time and the project they worked on have come out, but they will still get credit for their contributions.

This is pointing out those who died and contributed for a media project released after their death.

They often happen to be dedicated to those who died.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Roddy McDowall voiced the queen's adviser in A Bug's Life, which was released a month after his death.
  • While The Little Mermaid was in Development Hell in the late 1930s, Kay Nielsen helped create concept art for the proposed production. When the film went into full production in the 1980s, Nielsen's work was used as inspiration for the film's design, and he received a posthumous "visual development" credit.
  • The Rescuers:
    • John Lounsbery died before the release of the film, which he co-directed.
    • Also, Joe Flynn, the voice of Mr. Snoops, died three years before it was released.
  • John Fiedler appeared in two more films after his death in 2005, Kronk's New Groove and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie.
  • George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc died during the production of Jetsons: The Movie. Jeff Bergman filled in for them as George Jetson and Mr. Spacely to record lines they hadn't recorded yet.
  • Anne Bancroft died three years before the release of Delgo.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler:
    • Vincent Price died in 1993 before the release, the dialogue for which he recorded twenty years before.
    • Also five of the veteran animators who worked on the film, Ken Harris, Art Babbitt, Emery Hawkins, Grim Natwick, and Cliff Nordberg, had since passed away; all except Natwick were credited in "The Princess and the Cobbler" cut.
  • Joe Ranft died in 2005, before the releases of Cars (for which he was a writer and co-director) and Corpse Bride (for which he was an executive producer).
  • Bernie Mac died before the release of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
  • Fred Moore died in 1952, but he was credited on Peter Pan and the shorts The Simple Things, Football (Now and Then) and Casey Bats Again.
  • Jim Varney passed away in 2000, nearly a year and a half before the release of Atlantis: The Lost Empire in which he provided the voice of Cookie. Additional dialogue that had yet to be recorded prior to his death was provided by Steve Barr.
  • Rod Scribner died in 1976. The Peanuts movie Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, which he provided animation for, was released two years later.
  • Mako Iwamatsu died more than one year before the release of TMNT, on which he voiced Splinter.
  • Animator Don Williams who was most well known for his work for Walter Lantz and Looney Tunes passed away in 1980, two films he had worked on prior to The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat and Heidi's Song'' were both released in 1982.
  • Orson Welles voiced Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie, which was released about a year after his death.
  • Joe Alaskey, who voiced the Wizard of Oz, Butch, and Droopy in Tom and Jerry: The Wizard of Oz, reprised all these roles in the sequel Tom and Jerry: Return to Oz, which was released several months after his death.
  • Verna Felton (who voiced Winifred Hathi the Elephant) died of a stroke on December 14th, 1966, a year before the release of The Jungle Book.
  • Joseph Kaufmann who voiced the main character Michael Corleone in Heavy Traffic was killed in a plane crash two weeks before the film was released in theaters.
  • Animator Cliff Nordberg died in 1979, his last project for Disney was The Fox and the Hound which was released two years later.
  • Mary Kay Bergman died in 1999 but Balto II: Wolf Quest came out in 2002. Her fox character is one of her last credited roles.
  • Both of child actress Judith Barsis voice over roles for Don Bluths The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven were released after she was murdered by her father, the former was released 4 months after and the other a year later.
  • Don Rickles, who voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story series, died of kidney failure in April 2017, two years before the release of Toy Story 4. He had not recorded any new dialogue for the movie prior to his death, yet Pixar was reluctant to recast the role. With the blessing of Rickles' estate, a new performance was constructed using years worth of unusued recordings from Rickles portraying the character.
  • Pixar gave a similar posthumous credit to Paul Newman reprising his role as Doc Hudson in Cars 3, released almost 10 years after his death, with his performance consisting of unusued dialogue from the first film.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Judith Barsi was credited on the Growing Pains Series Finale in a flashback, three years after her murder.
  • One of the leads on the HBO series Silicon Valley, Christopher Evan Welch, died of lung cancer in December 2013, 4 months before the series' premiere. At the time of his death, only 5 of the 8 planned episodes had been shot. According to show creator Mike Judge, instead of recasting him, his character was written out of the last few episodes. They did a proper death and funeral for his character in the next season.
  • The 2017 revival of Twin Peaks features several deceased actors who either appear in archival footage from the original series (as with Frank Silva) or filmed their scenes for Season 3 before their passing (as with Catherine E. Coulson, Miguel Ferrer, and Warren Frost). One notably unique case reuses archival footage of David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, but at Bowie's own request, his voice is overdubbed by an actual Louisianan actor (presumably due to Bowie's dissatisfaction with his own attempt at a Louisianan dialect). Some of the episodes in which these characters appear are dedicated to their memory.

  • The co-librettist of the 1946 Broadway musical St. Louis Woman, Countee Cullen, died shortly before rehearsals began.
  • Clifford Odets died during the first week of rehearsals of The Musical adaptation of his play Golden Boy. Odets nevertheless remained the only credited librettist until William Gibson, with considerable misgivings, agreed to rewrite the show during its troubled tryout.

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    Web Animation 
  • Monty Oum, the creator of RWBY, was posthumously credited as a writer for most of Volume 3. He had passed away between volumes.

    Western Animation