Ward Kimball

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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.

Most Popular Ward Kimball Trailers

Total trailers found: 53

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trailer (1937)

20 December 1937

A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen.

Dumbo Trailer (1941)

22 October 1941

Dumbo is a baby elephant born with oversized ears and a supreme lack of confidence. But thanks to his even more diminutive buddy -- Timothy the Mouse -- the pint-sized pachyderm learns to surmount all obstacles.

Alice in Wonderland Trailer (1951)

03 July 1951

On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland!

Cinderella Trailer (1950)

04 March 1950

Cinderella has faith her dreams of a better life will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother's wand, Cinderella's rags are magically turned into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball.

Pinocchio Trailer (1940)

23 February 1940

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life.

Peter Pan Trailer (1953)

05 February 1953

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood lasts forever.

Fantasia Trailer (1940)

13 November 1940

Fantasia is the adventurous 1940 experiment from Disney. The film sets Disney animated characters to classical music as Mickey Mouse uses his magic wand to set broomsticks dancing in one of the more famous elaborate scenes.

Elmer Elephant Trailer (1936)

28 March 1936

Little ELMER ELEPHANT has a crush on Tillie Tiger & his affection is reciprocated (don't try to figure it out).

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Trailer (1949)

05 October 1949

The Wind in the Willows: Concise version of Kenneth Grahame's story of the same name. J. Thaddeus Toad, owner of Toad Hall, is prone to fads, such as the newfangled motor car.

Woodland Café Trailer (1937)

13 March 1937

Bugs of all kinds convene on a jazz club for an evening of fun in this Silly Symphony.

The Three Caballeros Trailer (1944)

21 July 1944

For Donald's birthday he receives a box with three gifts inside. The gifts, a movie projector, a pop-up book, and a pinata, each take Donald on wild adventures through Mexico and South America.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Trailer (1971)

07 October 1971

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price).

Toby Tortoise Returns Trailer (1936)

22 August 1936

Toby Tortoise is back, and this time he and Max Hare box instead of racing.

Pluto's Judgement Day Trailer (1935)

27 September 1935

Pluto chases a kitten through a window and right into Mickey's lap. Mickey scolds him, and goes off to wash the kitten.

Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Trailer (1938)

23 December 1938

Various Mother Goose rhymes are portrayed by Hollywood stars for example, Old King Cole's fiddlers three are the Marx Brothers, and Humpty Dumpty is W.

Melody Time Trailer (1948)

27 May 1948

Melody Time is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures.

The Reluctant Dragon Trailer (1941)

19 June 1941

Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious.

Fun & Fancy Free Trailer (1947)

27 September 1947

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.

The Wise Little Hen Trailer (1934)

08 June 1934

Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoon. This cartoon, based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. This cartoon marked the debut of Donald Duck.

Peter and the Wolf Trailer (1946)

15 August 1946

Disney's animated adaptation of Prokofiev's masterpiece, in which every character is represented musically by a different instrument.

The Tortoise and the Hare Trailer (1935)

05 January 1935

The Tortoise and the Hare is an animated short film released on January 5, 1935 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Wilfred Jackson.

The Flying Mouse Trailer (1934)

14 July 1934

To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail.

Hockey Homicide Trailer (1945)

21 September 1945

A crowd gathers at the skating rink to watch the big championship hockey game of the Pelicans versus the Aardvarks.

The Goddess of Spring Trailer (1934)

03 November 1934

The goddess is greeted by dancing flowers and fairies. The devil comes and takes her away to be his queen.

The Spirit of '43 Trailer (1943)

07 January 1943

Donald Duck deals with income taxes and their benefit to the American war effort in this inspirational documentary short animated film.

More Kittens Trailer (1936)

19 December 1936

Thrown out of the house into the backyard, the three kittens are sheltered by a giant Saint Bernard and are tormented by a turtle and a bluebird.

Ferdinand the Bull Trailer (1938)

23 November 1938

This Oscar-winning short tells of a bull who preferred to sit under trees and smell flowers to clashing horns with his fellow animals.

Babes in Toyland Trailer (1961)

14 December 1961

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding! But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses!

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Trailer (1953)

10 November 1953

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments.

Willie the Operatic Whale Trailer (1946)

15 August 1946

The Metropolitan Opera is looking for the sea monster reported in newspaper headlines, because this monster sings beautifully! The "monster" is actually Willie, a whale who can sing in several voices simultaneously.

Pecos Bill Trailer (1948)

27 May 1948

The life of the legendary Texas cowboy with his horse, Widowmaker, and how his romance with Slue Foot Sue disrupted it.

The Little Whirlwind Trailer (1941)

14 February 1941

Mickey wants some of the cake Minnie has just baked, so he offers to clean up her yard. As he's working, a tiny tornado (smaller than him) with a mind of its own comes along and causes trouble.

Mickey Plays Papa Trailer (1934)

28 September 1934

Mickey and Pluto are reading scary stories; they go to investigate a noise and find a foundling mouse that's been left on the porch.

The Nifty Nineties Trailer (1941)

29 June 1941

Mickey courts Minnie in the Gay Nineties: they take in a vaudeville show and go for a drive in his horseless carriage, to the strains of "While Strolling Through the Park" and "In the Good Old Summertime".

The Pelican and the Snipe Trailer (1944)

07 January 1944

A snipe that lives with a pelican in a lighthouse must continually keep his pelican friend from harm when he flies in his sleep.

Melody Trailer (1953)

28 May 1953

An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks.

Chicken Little Trailer (1943)

17 December 1943

It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner.

Victory Vehicles Trailer (1943)

30 July 1943

Goofy demonstrates a number of crazy vehicles.

Education for Death Trailer (1943)

15 January 1943

A propaganda film during World War II about a boy who grows up to become a Nazi soldier.

The Autograph Hound Trailer (1939)

01 September 1939

While trying to collect autographs at a Hollywood studio, Donald meets a number of movie stars, and runs afoul of a security guard.

It's Tough to Be a Bird Trailer (1969)

10 December 1969

Part cartoon and part documentary, this film offers a humorous look at birds and the ways people perceive them.

Dad... Can I Borrow the Car? Trailer (1970)

30 September 1970

A live-action short, using many avant-garde film techniques, that looks at American car culture in the late 1960s.

The Hot Choc-late Soldiers Trailer (1934)

24 May 1934

A group of confectionary soldiers go to war against a neighboring cookie castle.

Contes et légendes Vol 4 - Le Lièvre et la Tortue et autres contes ... Trailer (2003)

07 May 2003

How to Play Baseball Trailer (1942)

04 September 1942

Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches.

Eyes in Outer Space Trailer (1959)

17 June 1959

Rare Walt Disney Space series from 1959, speculating about the use of satellites, including controlling the weather of the Earth!

Reason and Emotion Trailer (1943)

27 August 1943

A World War II propaganda film about the need to remain calm and logical during wartime.

Escalation Trailer (1968)

01 January 1968

1968 film by Ward Kimball protesting LBJ's escalation of the war in Vietnam.

Mars and Beyond Trailer (1957)

04 December 1957

Mars and Beyond is an episode of Disneyland which aired on December 4, 1957. It was directed by Ward Kimball and narrated by Paul Frees.

Man and the Moon Trailer (1955)

28 December 1955

The moon is the subject here. Man's fascination with the moon (via animation) is presented, as is the moon's usage in popular culture (from Shakespeare to nursery rhymes to popular songs).

Orphan's Benefit Trailer (1934)

10 August 1934

Donald and Mickey put on a charity show, for some orphans.

Man In Space Trailer (1955)

09 March 1955

With a combination of documentary footage and animation, the science and history of rockets, and the effects of space travel on man are illustrated.

A Wish Came True: The Making of 'Pinocchio' Trailer (2000)

22 December 2000

This documentary showcases the making of "Pinocchio".