Ward Kimball (1914–2002)


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Ward Kimball joined Disney Studios in 1934 as an animator. He eventually became involved in all aspects of animation production, most notably as the designer of Jiminy Cricket for the film "Pinocchio." He was also responsible for the redesign of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney recognized Kimball's achievements by making him one of the "Nine Old Men", ... See full bio »

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(age 88) in Arcadia, California, USA

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Animation Department
(1971)
(1969)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animation Department
(1937)
The Magical World of Disney Animation Department
(1954-1981)

Filmography

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 1991 Lifestyles of the Rich and Animated (TV Movie) (animator - uncredited)
 1980 Mickey Mouse Disco (Short) (animator)
 1973 Robin Hood (character animator - uncredited)
 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks (animation director)
 1968/II Escalation (Short) (animator)
  The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (animator - 13 episodes, 1956 - 1968) (animation director - 1 episode, 1964)
- Pacifically Peeking (1968) ... (animator)
- How the West Was Lost (1967) ... (animator)
- Music for Everybody (1966) ... (animator)
- Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair (1964) ... (animation director)
- The Truth About Mother Goose (1963) ... (animator)
 1967 Scrooge McDuck and Money (Short) (animator)
 1964 The Flintstones (TV Series) (animator - 1 episode)
- The Gruesomes (1964) ... (animator - uncredited)
 1964 Mary Poppins (animator)
 1962 A Symposium on Popular Songs (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1955 Lady and the Tramp (animator - uncredited)
 1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (Short) (animator)
 1953 How to Dance (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1953 Melody (Short) (animator)
 1953 Peter Pan (directing animator)
 1951 How to Catch a Cold (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1951 Alice in Wonderland (directing animator) / (directing animator: "Tweedledee and Tweedledum", "Cheshire Cat", "Mad Hatter", "The March Hare", "The Walrus" - uncredited)
 1951 Lion Down (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1950 Cinderella (directing animator)
 1949 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Short) (animator)
 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (directing animator)
 1949 The Wind in the Willows (Short) (character animator)
 1948 Blame It on the Samba (Short) (animator)
 1948 Melody Time (directing animator)
 1948 Pecos Bill (Short) (animator)
 1948 Mickey Down Under (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1947 Bongo (Short) (directing animator)
 1947 Fun and Fancy Free (directing animator: Bongo Meets Lupjaw)
 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1946 Casey at the Bat (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1946 Bath Day (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1946 Peter and the Wolf (Short) (animator)
 1946 The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (Short) (animator)
 1946 Make Mine Music (animator)
 1946 Pluto's Kid Brother (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1945 Hockey Homicide (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1945 African Diary (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1944 Camouflage (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
 1944 The Three Caballeros (animator)
 1944 How to Play Football (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1944 The Pelican and the Snipe (Short) (animator)
 1943 Pedro (Short) (animator)
 1943 Chicken Little (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 Reason and Emotion (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 Victory Vehicles (Short) (animator)
 1943 Victory Through Air Power (Documentary) (animator)
 1943 Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1943 The Spirit of '43 (Short) (animator)
 1942 Der Fuehrer's Face (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1942 How to Play Baseball (Short) (animator)
 1942 Saludos Amigos (Short) (animator)
 1942 Stop That Tank! (Documentary short) (animator - uncredited)
 1942 Mickey's Birthday Party (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1942 All Together (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1941 Dumbo (animation director)
 1941 The Nifty Nineties (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1941 The Little Whirlwind (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1941/I The Reluctant Dragon (animator)
 1940 Fantasia (animation supervisor - segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
 1940 Pinocchio (animation director) / (supervising animator: "Jiminy Cricket" - uncredited)
 1939 The Autograph Hound (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1938 Ferdinand the Bull (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1937 Woodland Café (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1936 More Kittens (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1936 Toby Tortoise Returns (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1936 Elmer Elephant (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1935 Pluto's Judgement Day (Short) (animator)
 1935 The Tortoise and the Hare (Short) (animator - uncredited)
 1934 The Goddess of Spring (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 Mickey Plays Papa (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 Servants' Entrance (animator - uncredited)
 1934 Orphan's Benefit (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Flying Mouse (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Wise Little Hen (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
 1934 The Hot Choc-late Soldiers (Short) (inbetween artist - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Author and illustrator of 1966 book, "Art Afterpieces", which parodies great paintings such as "Whistler's Mother" watching TV. See more »

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Alternate Names:

The Firehouse Five Plus Two | Firehouse Five Plus Two

Spouse:

Betty Kimball  (his death)  (3 children)

Children:

John Kimball | See more »

Relatives:

Christopher Lord (grandchild)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(About his youth and working for Walt Disney) "We thought we were always going to be 21 years old. We thought we would always be putting goldfish in the bottled drinking water, balancing cups of water on the light fixtures, changing the labels on cans of sauerkraut juice. We were 21 years old, Walt was 30, leading the pack. Working there was more fun than any job I could ever imagine." See more »

Trivia:

One of the locomotives at the Disneyland Railroad (engine No. 5) was named the "Ward Kimball" in his honor by the time it was put into service on June 25th, 2005. The plan to name the locomotive in his honor was announced at a rededication ceremony for the Disneyland Railroad engine No. 2 (the "E. P. Ripley") on March 27th, 1999. See more »

Trademark:

Often animated the more humorous and occasionally cartoony characters such as The Mice in Cinderella (1950)

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