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Ward Kimball Biography Delayed Until 2013

I’ve received a slew of messages in the past week from people who pre-ordered Full Steam Ahead!, which is the biography I wrote about the life of animation legend Ward Kimball. People who pre-ordered the book on Amazon have been receiving updates that say the book’s release date has been delayed from November 2012 until May 2013.

According to my editor at Chronicle Books, the earliest possible date that Ward’s biography will be available is June 2013. The book was wrapped up a long time ago, and was submitted for approval to the Walt Disney Company last January. The Disney company hasn’t approved the book yet. I am hopeful that we will resolve all the corporate issues soon and get this book released so we can talk about what’s really important: Ward’s creative accomplishments.

In the meantime, you can show your support by visiting the Ward Kimball Tumblr (updated DAILY), and please, keep on pre-ordering the book!

(Note: The cover design above is not final.)

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  • I hope that in the process of Disney approving the book that no cuts are made to the book (text or graphic wise).

  • I am hopeful that we will resolve all the corporate issues soon and get this book released so we can talk about what’s really important: Ward’s creative accomplishments.

    Which is why it’s baffling the Disney Company gets so much say over what gets said about the individuals who built the studio. With so much vitriol and false information published every year about the company and its founder, it’s astounding they’re dawdling with something far more sincere. Speaking as someone looking forward to no other upcoming animation books, the delay is disappointing.

  • Mike

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since the day it was announced, and am disappointed to see it snarled in red tape like this. All the same, still have my pre-order and will be eagerly anticipating the new release date!

  • Bud

    They approved The Illusion of Life, hardly an untouchable book when it comes to people , history, and goings on at the studio.

    Mind you, that was 3 regimes ago…

  • Murray Bain

    Disney is making the title ironic.

  • I can’t believe Disney has to approve it. Censure?

  • OtherDan

    Pretty disappointing. I was excited about it in Sept. Same thing happened to the flip books that Pete Doctor worked on. I was bummed about that too. This pre-order shit is non-sense.

  • Ward Kimball is my favorite of the 9 old men and deserves this book. Can’t wait to read it.

    I highly recommend watching the Disney Family Album Ward Kimball on youtube. And anything else you can find on this fun fellow.

  • Hmm, I think I might know of a few images they’re squabbling over – crossing fingers that the entire book gets approved, Amid.

  • It would be nice if the book ALSO discussed a rather important part in Kimball’s history: his passion and life-long interest in the UFO phenomenon.

    Specially if this rumor turns out to be true:

    Disney’s aborted 1950s UFO acclimation movie headed for the big screen?

  • I too am looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, Amazon is now sending updates saying it is no longer available. I hope this is not true. I am not sure why Disney has to approve everything written about the company or anyone associated.

  • Any word on the book Amid? I’m still hopeful…