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Ward Kimball

First, a research request, because if Cartoon Brew’s readers can’t help out with this one, I don’t know who can. I’m looking for two episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color that Ward Kimball was heavily involved with: “A Salute to Alaska” (1967) and “The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show” (1968). If you have copies of these and can help out, please contact me HERE. (UPDATE: Got the Anniversary Show, only looking for the Alaska special now.)

Second, here’s a real Ward Kimball curio: a 1965 newspaper article about a panel discussion that he participated in at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. CLICK HERE to read the article (and try to ignore the poor quality of the iPhone photo).

What’s so odd about Ward’s participation is that the topic of the debate was “Is Couture Design an Art Form?” It’s hard to imagine many other animators from that time who would have had the curiosity and interest to participate in such a discussion. The other panelists at the talk were equally respected in their fields: fashion designer Gustave Tassel, architect George Vernon Russell and silkscreen artist Sister Mary Corita. The debate over whether fashion design is art or not has long been settled (see the record-breaking success of the recent Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met), but nevertheless, it’s fun to read their thoughts and gain some historical perspective on the issue.


  • Jans

    What “motor operated compositions” did Kimball create? Was there some sort of stand up animated display done for this panel or is it merely peculiar wording in search some artistic description of commercial animation?

  • ShouldBeWorkin’

    As we all have read, Kimball was known for his loud sense of fashion…so he probably had alot to say about it.

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

    Hope you find the Wonderful World of Color segments. They sound intriguing. I’m not surprised by Wards involvement with the museum. He had opinions and interests beyond animation including this one: http://www.rense.com/general27/dis.htm

  • Pedro Nakama

    Wow! Remember Ward’s book “Art Afterpieces”?

  • http://Jinglebelle.com Paul Dini

    Jeez, I don’t know. I’ve been after those two myself for years.

  • William

    I had a peculiar Ward Kimball thing happen to me a few months ago… I listed on eBay a factory VHS tape of the “Dad, Can I Borrow The Car?” episode of “The Wonderful World of Disney”… and who should buy it from me but Ward’s own son and daughter-in-law. Am I the only person who thinks it’s a little odd they would bid on and purchase that? Surely Ward had a 16mm print of it somewhere among his extensive collections!! – W.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      At least consider yourself lucky that someone needed it!