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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Visual Effects

Gender -

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1914-03-04

Day of Death 2002-07-08

Place of Birth Minneapolis - Minnesota - USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Ward Walrath Kimball

Visual Effects TV ShowsMovies

2006 Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies Animation
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks Animation Director
1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Animation
1953 Melody Animation
1953 Peter Pan Animation
1951 Alice in Wonderland Animation
1950 Cinderella Animation Director
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Animation Director Animation
1948 Melody Time Animation
1948 Pecos Bill Animation
1947 Fun and Fancy Free Animation Director
1946 Peter and the Wolf Animation
1946 Willie the Operatic Whale Animation
1945 Hockey Homicide Animation
1944 The Three Caballeros Animation
1944 The Pelican and the Snipe Animation
1943 Chicken Little Animation
1943 Reason and Emotion Animation
1943 Victory Vehicles Animation
1943 Education for Death Animation
1943 The Spirit of '43 Animation
1942 How to Play Baseball Animation
1941 Dumbo Animation
1941 The Nifty Nineties Animation
1941 The Reluctant Dragon Animation
1941 The Little Whirlwind Animation
1940 Fantasia Animation
1940 Pinocchio Animation Director Animation
1939 The Autograph Hound Animation
1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Animation
1938 Ferdinand the Bull Animation
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Animation
1937 Woodland Café Animation
1936 More Kittens Animation
1936 Toby Tortoise Returns Animation
1936 Elmer Elephant Animation Production Assistant
1935 Pluto's Judgement Day Animation
1935 The Tortoise and the Hare Animation Production Assistant
1934 The Goddess of Spring Animation Production Assistant
1934 Mickey Plays Papa Animation Production Assistant
1934 Orphan's Benefit Animation
1934 The Flying Mouse Animation Production Assistant
1934 The Wise Little Hen Animation
1934 The Hot Choc-late Soldiers Animation Production Assistant

Directing

1970 Dad... Can I Borrow the Car? Director
1969 It's Tough to Be a Bird Director
1968 The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show Director
1968 Escalation Director
1959 Eyes in Outer Space Director
1957 Mars and Beyond Director
1955 Man and the Moon Director
1955 Man in Space Director
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (2 episodes)Director
1953 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Director
1953 Melody Director

Acting

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

Writing

2003 Walt Disney's Fables - Vol.4 Scenario Writer
1969 It's Tough to Be a Bird Writer
1961 Babes in Toyland Writer
1955 Man and the Moon Writer

Production

1970 Dad... Can I Borrow the Car? Producer
1969 It's Tough to Be a Bird Producer
1955 Man and the Moon Producer

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