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Friday, May 18, 2007

Ward Kimball at Work

Here are a few very nice images of Ward Kimball at work on Pinocchio, taken at the Hyperion studios around 1939. The left image shows him at what I believe to be a projecting Moviola, for rotoscoping film. Is that the studio intercom above the dark sides of the drawing part? Notice also the caricatures, including the drum with "Kimball's Icky Eight."

The right image has Ward at his desk. Through the window we see the grill of a parked car. On Ward's desk we see the "Revised Kimball Modelsheet" as printed in Frank and Ollie's Illusion of Life. The books on his shelf include "Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine," and a Roy Williams ashtray is on his right...
Kimball at Moviola Kimball animating Jiminy < Click on it!



Anonymous cartooncolin says...

It would be interesting to know if the "cricket" toy or model on the far upper right is of Jiminy (a maquette of sorts) or something that Ward found and used as reference. It doesn't look exactly like Jiminy but the costume is close. Perhaps just an early sculpture...

Friday, May 18, 2007 at 7:41:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous DisneyDave says...

I think that Jiminy is a maquette of an early version of the character.

Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 9:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Matterhorn1959 says...

Also the ashtray sitting on the radio is a caricture of Roy Williams.

Monday, May 21, 2007 at 4:17:00 PM PDT  

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