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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WARD KIMBALL Maverick of Disney Animation

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WARD KIMBALL Maverick of Disney Animation

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Recommended. By Todd James Pierce. Besides Walt Disney, no one seemed more key to the development of animation at the Disney Studios than Ward Kimball (1914-2002). In this engaging biography, award-winning author Todd James Pierce explores the lead Disney animator who, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, worked on characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter. Through unpublished excerpts from Kimball's personal writing, material from unpublished interviews, and new interviews, Pierce defines the life of perhaps the most influential animator of the twentieth century.

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Besides Walt Disney, no one seemed more key to the development of animation at the Disney Studios than Ward Kimball (1914-2002). In this engaging biography, award-winning author Todd James Pierce explores the lead Disney animator who, from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, worked on characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter. Through unpublished excerpts from Kimball's personal writing, material from unpublished interviews, and new interviews, Pierce defines the life of perhaps the most influential animator of the twentieth century.

As well as contributing to classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, Kimball established a highly graphic, idiosyncratic approach to animation alongside the studio's more recognizable storybook realism. In effect, Ward Kimball became the only animator to run his own in-studio production team largely outside of Walt Disney's direction.

"...the most in-depth biography ever written about any Disney artist. Despite the tremendous amount of details (most of which are new even to me) the material is presented in such a compelling way that one cannot stop reading or going from discovery to discovery." -Didier Ghez (Disneyland Paris, Disney's Grand Tour, and They Drew as They Pleased series)

Through Kimball, the studio developed a series of nonfiction animation programs in the 1950s that members of Congress pointed to as paving the way for NASA. The studio also allowed Kimball's work to abandon some ties to conventional animation, looking instead to high art and graphic design as a means of creating new animated forms, which resulted in films that received multiple Academy Award nominations and two awards.

"...a valuable and groundbreaking book. It deals comprehensively with aspects of Ward Kimball's long and varied life that have not been examined with any thoroughness before, specifically his role as a popular jazz musician and a celebrated connoisseur of vintage railroad rolling stock. That Kimball was able to pursue such interests while cementing his reputation as one of Walt Disney's most skilled and creative animators and directors is truly remarkable." -Michael Barrier (Funnyworld & countless books)

Todd James Pierce, Orcutt, California, is professor of literature at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Pierce is the author of four previous books, including Newsworld, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park, the latter published by University Press of Mississippi. His work has appeared in over seventy magazines and journals, including the Harvard Review, the Georgia Review, and the North American Review.

Not illustrated--all prose.

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Item Code LIFTIH
Publisher University of Mississippi Press
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781496820969
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 6x9
# Pages 298pg
Color Text Only
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