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Jeff Hale as Augie "Ben" Doggie in Hardware Wars

Jeff Hale (1923-2015) was an animator and illustrator who founded the San Francisco animation studio Imagination Inc. Hale produced many animated inserts for Sesame Street, including the Pinball Number Count, Typewriter, and Ringmaster series. He also co-wrote a number of animated songs for the show with Anna Dibble, produced by Buzzco Associates, Inc. He provided the singing voice for Edgar Turtle for a number of these pieces.

He later served as an animation director for Marvel Productions, working on Muppet Babies, Little Muppet Monsters, and other series.

He also appeared in the Star Wars spoof Hardware Wars with other Sesame animation alumni and directed the cult short Thank You, Masked Man. Other animation credits include Here Comes Garfield, Heavy Metal, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, and The Flintstones Comedy Show.

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