Robert D. Cardona

Robert Daniel Cardona (born March 7, 1930) is an American television writer, producer, director and animator. He co-founded Clearwater Features, along with David Mitton, in 1980.[1]

Robert D. Cardona
Robert Daniel Cardona

(1930-03-07) March 7, 1930
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
OccupationTelevision writer, producer, director, animator
Years active1967–1998
OrganizationClearwater Features
Notable work
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Tugs
Children1 son


Cardona has been based in the United Kingdom for much of his career. His best-known work is with his working partner David Mitton; their productions include Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, which Cardona produced until 1986 (the second series), and Tugs, which ran for 13 episodes.

Cardona has also worked on other British TV series such as The Flaxton Boys, The Four Feathers, Thriller, Fraud Squad, Crime of Passion, Emmerdale and Virgin of the Secret Service. In the early 1990s, he moved to Canada, where he worked on the children's series Theodore Tugboat as a director. He also provided the Tugs footage for the American children's animated series Salty's Lighthouse.

Personal life

Cardona has a son, Tarquin, who also wrote two episodes of Tugs: "Pirate" and "Quarantine".


  1. "David Mitton Profile". The Stage. July 8, 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2010.

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