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Encyclopedia > Ward Kimball
Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. Ward Kimball, the band leader, is at left.
Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. Ward Kimball, the band leader, is at left.

Ward Walrath Kimball (March 4, 1914July 8, 2002) was an Academy Award winning animator for the Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators known as Disney's Nine Old Men. While Kimball was a brilliant draftsman, he preferred to work on comical characters rather than complicated 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 geniuses at Disney, Ward's efforts stand out as unique, especially within the Disney universe. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (600x601, 97 KB)Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (600x601, 97 KB)Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (64th in leap years). ... 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... July 8 is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 176 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Disneys Nine Old Men were the core animators (some of whom later became directors) that created the Disney studios most famous work, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs onward to The Rescuers. ...


Kimball created several classic Disney characters including The Crows in "Dumbo", Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, the Mice and Lucifer from Cinderella, and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio and animated the famous "Three Caballeros" number. In the mid fifties, he became a director and was responsible for the Academy Award Winning, "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" and three Disney television shows about outer space that put the United States into the space program. He received an Academy Award for the short animated cartoon It's Tough to be a Bird, 1969 [1]. Dumbo is a 1941 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney and first released on October 23, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Productions and originally released to theaters on July 28, 1951 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... Cinderella is a 1950 animated feature produced by Walt Disney, and released to theaters on February 15, 1950 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...


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. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Jerry Fairbanks was born in San Francisco, California USA in 1904 and survived the great earthquake of 1906. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ...


He was also a jazz trombonist. He founded and led the seven piece Dixieland band Firehouse Five Plus Two, in which he played trombone. They made at least 13 LP records and toured clubs, college campuses and jazz festivals during the 1940s to early 1970s. Kimball once said that Walt Disney didn't mind the second career as long as it didn't interfere with his animation work. Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the center of the disc. ...


Kimball continued to work at Disney up until the early 70's, working on the Disney TV program, Mary Poppins, Directing the animation for Bedknobs & Broomsticks and doing titles for some feature films like Million Dollar Duck (1971) and The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin (1967). His last staff work for Disney was Producing and Directing the Disney show, The Mouse Factory. He continued to do various projects on his own, even returning to Disney to do some publicity tours. Kimball even worked on an attraction for EPCOT Center called The World Of Motion.


Kimball died in Los Angeles, California of complications of pneumonia at age 88. In 2005, the Disneyland Railroad named their newly-acquired Engine №5 as "Ward Kimball", in his memory. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... The Disneyland Railroad (DRR) is a narrow-gauge railroad located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on that theme parks opening day, July 17, 1955. ...


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Along with his employer and friend Walt Disney, Kimball also collected old railroad ephemera, was an avid train enthusiast and donated his 3' gauge collection to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. A full-sized steam locomotive which Kimball actually ran on his private three acre backyard railroad, Grizzly Flats, in San Gabriel, California bears some of his original artwork on the headlamp and cab, and is on permanent display at the museum. He is credited with helping Walt Disney with the inspiration to install the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland. Inspiration for the Disneyland Railroad also partly came from Walt's own personal 7 1/4" gauge, live steam backyard Carolwood Pacific Railroad - also partly built by Ward. Kimball's Grizzly Flats train station was the model for the Disneyland Frontierland Train Station. This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... The Orange Empire Railway Museum was founded in 1956 in Perris, California as the Orange Empire Trolley Museum. ... Perris is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... Union Pacific Big Boy #4012 at work on a cold November 29, 1941 A steam locomotive is a locomotive powered by steam. ... San Gabriel City Hall San Gabriel is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The Disneyland Railroad (DRR) is a narrow-gauge railroad located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States, that was inaugurated on that theme parks opening day, July 17, 1955. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Walter Elias Disney, (1901-1966), founder of Disneyland and the Walt Disney Company, seen here in the cab of the at Main Street Station. ...

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Ward Kimball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (492 words)
Kimball created several classic Disney characters including The Crows in "Dumbo", Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, the Mice and Lucifer from Cinderella, and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio and animated the famous "Three Caballeros" number.
Kimball continued to work at Disney up until the early 70's, working on the Disney TV program, Mary Poppins, Directing the animation for Bedknobs and Broomsticks and doing titles for some feature films like Million Dollar Duck (1971) and The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin (1967).
Kimball died in Los Angeles, California of complications of Pneumonia at the age of 88.
Guardian | Ward Kimball (827 words)
Ward Kimball, a pioneering animator at Walt Disney's studios and one of the legendary "nine old men" whose work set the standards by which animation is judged, has died aged 88, after a life spent creating colourful, eccentric and humorous cartoons.
Kimball's skill, sense of timing and irreverence were combined in the characters and situations he created, whether it was Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, the crows in Dumbo, or a madcap tea-party in Alice In Wonderland.
Kimball was the animation supervisor on the sequence of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony in Fantasia (1940), and Dumbo (1941), which he later called his favourite Disney project because, as long as they kept within budget, the animators were given a free hand to let their imaginations run loose.
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