A Letter from Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball letter

Animator and director Will Finn has posted a letter that he received from Ward Kimball in 1973 packed with sage words about becoming an animation artist. His advice about learning to become a well-rounded human being and having a flexible open-minded attitude towards art is not just empty verbiage but very much how Ward lived his own life and one of the keys to understanding why he was such an amazing artist. Similarly, it’s hard to think that any of the other Nine Old Men would ever encourage a budding animation artist to go and watch The Yellow Submarine or Fritz the Cat. The letter may be over thirty years old but the advice within it is still relevant and well worth listening to.


  • http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ Joel Brinkerhoff

    This actually brought a tear to my eye. Somewhere there is a taped interview of Ward telling me almost the same things. He inspired so many people its unreal.

  • http://sandwichbag.blogspot.com Elliot Cowan

    A bloody wonderful read.

    I am curious as to why it brought a tear to your eye, Joel.

  • Floyd Norman

    That was classic Kimball. I was lucky enough to hang out with Ward back in the sixties. He said that, and so much more.

    The guy was incredible.

  • http://www.scuzzbopper.blogspot.com Ken Priebe

    Ward was awesome.

  • http://crisafullidoodles.blogspot.com/ Marc Crisafulli

    Fantastic letter!

  • Nic Kramer

    Speaking of Ward, anyone remember the show “The Mouse Factory”, which he produced? He even had a nutty Python-ish opening which unfortuantly wasn’t used much.