Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball

  • Birthday: 1914-03-04
  • Deathday: 2002-07-08
  • Place of birth: Minneapolis - Minnesota - USA
  • Also know as: Ward Walrath Kimball

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.

Filmography

The Nifty Nineties

1941

As Ward (voice) (uncredited)

It's Tough to Be a Bird

1969

As Bird Fancier

The Reluctant Dragon

1941

As Ward Kimball

One Hour in Wonderland

1950

As Himself - Firehouse Five Plus Two

From Rags to Riches: The Making of Cinderella

2005

As Self (archive footage)

Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.6

2004

As Ward Kimball

Disneyland '59

1959

As Self

Waking Sleeping Beauty

2009

As Self (archive footage)

The Pixar Story

2007

As Ward Kimball (archive footage)

Production

Melody

1953

As Director

It's Tough to Be a Bird

1969

As Director

Man in Space

1955

As Director

Eyes in Outer Space

1959

As Director

Escalation

1968

As Director

Man and the Moon

1955

As Director

It's Tough to Be a Bird

1969

As Producer

Man and the Moon

1955

As Producer

Man in Space

1955

As Producer

Hockey Homicide

1945

As Animation

Willie the Operatic Whale

1946

As Animation

Reason and Emotion

1943

As Animation

Chicken Little

1943

As Animation

Victory Vehicles

1943

As Animation

The Spirit of '43

1943

As Animation

Ferdinand the Bull

1938

As Animation

More Kittens

1936

As Animation

Mother Goose Goes Hollywood

1938

As Animation

The Nifty Nineties

1941

As Animation

The Little Whirlwind

1941

As Animation

The Autograph Hound

1939

As Animation

The Pelican and the Snipe

1944

As Animation

Melody

1953

As Animation

The Wise Little Hen

1934

As Animation

Fun and Fancy Free

1947

As Animation Director

The Hot Choc-late Soldiers

1934

As Animation Production Assistant

Orphan's Benefit

1934

As Animation

Mickey Plays Papa

1934

As Animation Production Assistant

The Flying Mouse

1934

As Animation Production Assistant

Pluto's Judgement Day

1935

As Animation

The Tortoise and the Hare

1935

As Animation Production Assistant

Toby Tortoise Returns

1936

As Animation

Elmer Elephant

1936

As Animation Production Assistant

Woodland Café

1937

As Animation

The Reluctant Dragon

1941

As Animation

Pecos Bill

1948

As Animation

Peter Pan

1953

As Animation

The Goddess of Spring

1934

As Animation Production Assistant

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation

Alice in Wonderland

1951

As Animation

Peter and the Wolf

1946

As Animation

Melody Time

1948

As Animation

Dumbo

1941

As Animation

The Three Caballeros

1944

As Animation

Fantasia

1940

As Animation

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

1971

As Animation Director

How to Play Baseball

1942

As Animation

Pinocchio

1940

As Animation Director

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

1949

As Animation Director

Cinderella

1950

As Animation Director

Pacifically Peeking

1968

As Animation

Fly With Von Drake

1963

As Animation

Peter Pan

1953

As Animation Director

Babes in Toyland

1961

As Writer

Man and the Moon

1955

As Writer

Man in Space

1955

As Writer

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