Friday, 4 March 2011

Remembering Ward Kimball

If Ward Kimball was still alive with us on this planet - then today would have been his 98th birthday. Ward Kimball was a marvelous man who enjoyed being wacky and entertaining. He animated many characters in features like Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, The Crows in Dumbo, the title character in Pecos Bill, The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, the band in the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song in Mary Poppins, and many more!

He later became a director for television and on shorts like It's Tough To Be a Bird and Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom (both of whom won Oscars). He was also a trombonist in his band The Firehouse Five Plus Two.

He was the only guy that Walt ever called a "genius".

A rare picture of Ward Kimball working on Jim Crow in "Dumbo".

WARD KIMBALL
4 MARCH 1914 - 8 JULY 2002

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