359. “The Last Time I Saw Ward Kimball” is a terrific remembrance by master animator Andreas Deja. Click HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.
242. Identify this cartoon! Seriously, we don’t know which cartoon this is from, but it’s clearly Ward playing a trombone. Looks to be from the 1960s.
The character looks like an updated model of Bootle Beetle, or something like it. Definitely some sort of bug-type character, he’s got two “antennae” hairs on top. Since most of Disney’s television animation output from the 60’s is still widely unavailable to view again, I wouldn’t have an iota of an idea what this would be from.
Favorite Disney Character Challenge - #07: Panchito Pistoles from The Three Caballeros (1944)
Right on the heels of Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros introduced several new characters to Disney’s stable, like the Flying Gauchito, Pablo the Cold-Blooded Penguin and of course, Panchito, the hot-blooded Mexican rooster! For Donald Duck’s birthday, Panchito bursts into the scene with pistols blazing, surprising him and Jose Carioca with best wishes from Mexico, a piñata full of surprises and a glorious tour of Mexico on his flying serape.
Ward Kimball was the lead animator on Panchito, and he really made the character come alive, especially during one of his most famous sequences: the title song from this movie. Full of energy and wild fun, it’s a tour de force of animation, and most definitely the highlight of the film.
Favorite Disney Character Challenge - #04: Jim Crow from Dumbo (1941).
Sort of a controversial character nowadays, especially with a name like “Jim Crow”, but he is truly one of the more redeeming characters in Dumbo. Besides Timothy and Mrs. Jumbo, Jim Crow and his gang are the only other people who are kind to poor little Dumbo. Jim is the one that gives Timothy and Dumbo the “magic feather”, the placebo that gives Dumbo the confidence to fly. He’s a fun-loving and free-spirited character, always in control, and his song, “When I See an Elephant Fly”, is one of the highlights of the film.
Coincidently, Jim Crow has two things in common with one of my previous Disney character challenges. His voice was provided by the same person who gave Jiminy Cricket his voice, Cliff Edwards. And like Jiminy, he was designed and animated by the same animator, Ward Kimball!
And Jim Crow probably has my favorite line of dialogue in any Disney movie:"You wanna make the elephant fly, don’t ya? Well, you gotta use a lot of ‘chology, you know, PSY-chology!". Always makes me crack up.
221. Color concepts for Man and the Moon (1955).
Directed by Ward Kimball
217. Map of the Yosemite Valley Railway Co. by Ward Kimball.
216. Drawing by Ward Kimball of himself and fellow jazz trombonist Turk Murphy.
214. Happy Goodyear! An “Asinine Alley” comic by Ward Kimball, 1965.
215. Pecos Bill from Melody Time (1948).
Character animated by Ward Kimball.
203. Ward Kimball’s Christmas card, 1958.