Ward Kimball

Birthday:

03/04/1914

Place of birth:

Minneapolis - Minnesota - USA:

Biography:

While Kimball was a brilliant draftsman, he preferred to work on comical characters rather than realistic human designs. Animating came easily to him and he was constantly looking to do things differently. Because of this, Walt Disney called Ward a genius in the book The Story Of Walt Disney. While there were many talented animators at Disney, Ward's efforts stand out as especially unique.Kimball created several classic Disney characters including the Crows in Dumbo; Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland; the Mice and Lucifer the Cat from Cinderella; and Jiminy Cricket fromPinocchio. He also animated the famous "Three Caballeros" musical number from the Disney film of the same name.In 1953, Kimball became a director and was responsible for the Academy Award-winning short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, and three Disney television shows about outer space that put the United States into the space program. He received anAcademy Award for the short animated cartoon It's Tough to Be a Bird.Ward Kimball was profiled by the Academy Award-winning producer Jerry Fairbanks in his Paramount Pictures film short series Unusual Occupations. This 35mm Magnacolor film short was released theatrically in 1944 and focused on Kimball's backyard railroad and full sized locomotive.Kimball was also a jazz trombonist. He founded and led the seven-piece Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two, in which he played trombone. The band made at least 13 LP records and toured clubs, college campuses and jazz festivals from the 1940s to early 1970s. Kimball once said that Walt Disney permitted the second career as long as it did not interfere with his animation work.Kimball continued to work at Disney up until the early 1970s, working on the Disney anthology television series, being one of the writers for Babes in Toyland, creating animation for Mary Poppins, directing the animation for Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and working on titles for feature films such as The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin and Million Dollar Duck. His last staff work for Disney was producing and directing the Disney TV show The Mouse Factory. He continued to do various projects on his own, even returning to Disney to do some publicity tours. Additionally, Kimball worked on an attraction for Disney's EPCOT Center called The World Of Motion.


Film Credits

The Making of Pinocchio: No Strings Attached (2009)
as Himself (archival footage)
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6 (2004)
as Ward Kimball
A Wish Came True: The Making of 'Pinocchio' (2000)
as
The Fantasia Legacy: The Concert Feature (2000)
as Himself
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
as Bird Fancier
Walt Disney's Where Do the Stories Come From? (1956)
as Himself
One Hour in Wonderland (1950)
as Himself - Firehouse Five Plus Two
The Nifty Nineties (1941)
as Ward (voice) (uncredited)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
as Himself (Goofy animator)

Production Credits

Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies (2006)
Animation
Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.4 (2003)
Scenario Writer
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Animation Director
Dad... Can I Borrow the Car? (1970)
Director
Dad... Can I Borrow the Car? (1970)
Producer
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
Director
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
Producer
It's Tough to Be a Bird (1969)
Writer
The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show (1968)
Director
Escalation (1968)
Director
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Writer
Eyes in Outer Space (1959)
Director
Mars and Beyond (1957)
Director
Man and the Moon (1955)
Director
Man and the Moon (1955)
Producer
Man and the Moon (1955)
Writer
Man in Space (1955)
Director
Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)
Director
Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)
Animation
Melody (1953)
Director
Melody (1953)
Animation
Peter Pan (1953)
Animation
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Animation
Cinderella (1950)
Animation Director
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Animation
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Animation Director
Melody Time (1948)
Animation
Pecos Bill (1948)
Animation
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Animation Director
Peter and the Wolf (1946)
Animation
Willie the Operatic Whale (1946)
Animation
Hockey Homicide (1945)
Animation
The Three Caballeros (1944)
Animation
The Pelican and the Snipe (1944)
Animation
Chicken Little (1943)
Animation
Reason and Emotion (1943)
Animation
Victory Vehicles (1943)
Animation
Education for Death (1943)
Animation
The Spirit of '43 (1943)
Animation
How to Play Baseball (1942)
Animation
Dumbo (1941)
Animation
The Nifty Nineties (1941)
Animation
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Animation
The Little Whirlwind (1941)
Animation
Fantasia (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation
Pinocchio (1940)
Animation Director
The Autograph Hound (1939)
Animation
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938)
Animation
Ferdinand the Bull (1938)
Animation
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation
Woodland Café (1937)
Animation
More Kittens (1936)
Animation
Toby Tortoise Returns (1936)
Animation
Elmer Elephant (1936)
Animation Production Assistant
Pluto's Judgement Day (1935)
Animation
The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)
Animation Production Assistant
The Goddess of Spring (1934)
Animation Production Assistant
Mickey Plays Papa (1934)
Animation Production Assistant
Orphan's Benefit (1934)
Animation
The Flying Mouse (1934)
Animation Production Assistant
The Wise Little Hen (1934)
Animation
The Hot Choc-late Soldiers (1934)
Animation Production Assistant