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Overview (3)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Mill Valley, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameMilton Erwin Kahl

Mini Bio (1)

Milt Kahl was born on March 22, 1909 in San Francisco, California, USA as Milton Erwin Kahl. He is known for his work on The Sword in the Stone (1963), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Mary Poppins (1964). He was married to Julia Jeneal Schmidt, Phyllis Bounds Detiege and Laura Marie Nordquist. He died on April 19, 1987 in Mill Valley, California.

Spouse (3)

Julia Jeneal Schmidt (21 March 1980 - 19 April 1987) (his death)
Phyllis Bounds Detiege (14 February 1968 - 31 January 1978) (divorced)
Laura Marie Nordquist (14 August 1934 - 4 July 1967) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Often animated the prince
Due to his expert draftsmanship he was often tasked with animating human characters

Trivia (5)

Was part of the inner circle of Disney animators, known as the "nine old men". The other members were Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Ward Kimball, John Lounsbery and Les Clark.
Became Walt Disney's "nephew" when he married Phyllis Bounds, Lillian Disney's niece.
Employed at Walt Disney Productions from June 25, 1934 to April 30, 1976.
Two children with wife Laura, Sybil Kahl Byrnes and Peter Kahl.
Was very critical and precise about his work, that when it came to him drawing something he didn't feel was at his full potential, he took it into his office, attached it to the wall, took out a gun, and shot the drawing.

Personal Quotes (3)

I really don't think it's possible to be a good animator if you can't be a good draftsman.
[on Wolfgang Reitherman and his frequent recycling of old animation] I detest the use of-it just breaks my heart to see animation from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) used in The Rescuers (1977). It kills me, and it just embarrasses me to tears. I went back to Florida with Woolie for a party for the wire services and the press for Robin Hood (1973). And I met a guy who about twenty years ago I met at a friend's house; he was with Paramount at the time, a publicity man. His name was Emory Wister; he worked for the Charlotte Register. He is a Disney buff, an animation buff. And these guys always scare me, because they know more about the pictures than I do. And he recognized this goddamned animation, where Maid Marian is dancing around with little creatures; he recognized it from Snow White. This is our Woolie, and it drives me crazy.
You can do anything you want with animals because we're doing animals doing things that animals don't do. People aren't used to watching animals do this stuff and so they're not critical but they're used to watching people move around, talk and do everything and so they become very critical of them.

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