Ladybugs' Picnic, The

"The Ladybugs' Picnic", was performed for Sesame Street by Jim Kweskin, an American musician most notable as the founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.


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William Everett "Bud" Luckey (July 28, 1934 – February 24, 2018) was an American animator and actor. After leaving active Air Force duty, during the mid-1960s, Jim Henson worked with Luckey on commercials. They remained close friends until Henson's death in 1990. That friendship later resulted in Luckey's work on Sesame Street and his illustration work featuring Henson's Muppet characters in the 1970s and 1980s. During the 1970s, Luckey wrote and animated many short films for Sesame Street and the Children's Television Workshop, often doing the voice work himself as well. Among them was "The Ladybugs' Picnic", which was performed by Jim Kweskin, an American musician most notable as the founder of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.

Luckey is best known for his work at Pixar, where he worked as a character designer on a number of films, including Toy Story, Boundin', Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars and Ratatouille. Luckey was also known as the voice of Rick Dicker in The Incredibles, Chuckles the Clown in Toy Story 3 and as Eeyore in the 2011 Winnie the Pooh film.  In 2003, Luckey gained attention for the short film Boundin', which was released theatrically as the opening cartoon for The Incredibles. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2003. Luckey wrote and designed the short, and also composed the music and lyrics, and sang and performed banjo on the soundtrack for the cartoon. Boundin' won the ASIFA Hollywood Annie Award that same year. On February 24, 2018, Luckey died of natural causes at the age of 83. Incredibles 2 was dedicated in his memory.

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