David Mitton (David Nelson Godfrey Mitton) (born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13th July 1938 - died London, England, 28th May 2008) was the creator of the TUGS series.
In 1984, Mitton began his work as director, writer and producer on Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends alongside Britt Allcroft.
David wrote six episodes of the series and directed nine of them.
When TUGS was cancelled and Clearwater Features closed down, he continued to direct Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends until his retirement in 2003.
In 2007, he and producer David Lane launched a company of their own called Pineapple Squared Entertainment Ltd, and were working on a CGI show called Adventures on Orsum Island.
David Mitton died of a heart attack on 28th May 2008, at the age of 69. Many Thomas and TUGS fans were greatly saddened by this news. Adventures on Orsum Island was cancelled, and only a handful of clips exist.
Awards and nominations
- Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film for "Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends"
- 1985, shared with Britt Allcroft and Robert D. Cardona, lost to "Rupert and the Frog Song"
- 1987, shared with Robert D. Cardona, lost to "SuperTed"