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Robert D. Cardona (born in Los Angeles, California, USA on 7 March 1930) is an American-born Canadian animator, director, producer, production manager, and writer.

Cardona had his main success in England. His most recognised work was with his longest partner, David Mitton. He was the producer of the first two series of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends and the co-creator, producer and a director for TUGS. He worked on the British shows Crime of Passion, Emmerdale, Fraud Squad, The Flaxton Boys, The Four Feathers, and Thriller. He was the co-founder of Clearwater Features.

In 1990 he left the series and moved to Canada, where he directed Theodore Tugboat (two of its characters, Philip and Filmore, have horn sounds that are likely reused for Diesel 10's seventeenth series horn) and provided TUGS footage for the show Salty's Lighthouse.

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film for Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends, 1985, shared with Britt Allcroft and David Mitton; 1987 shared with David Mitton.

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