Ludwig Von Drake and Walt Disney

Did You Know? 8 Genius Facts About Ludwig Von Drake

By Jim Fanning Hello there, you kooky people, you! Are you in for a treat! 60 years ago—on September 24, 1961—the egotistical, erudite, eccentric professor Ludwig Von Drake made his debut on the premiere episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. The only major animated character Walt created especially for television, Professor Von Drake …

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ward kimball character sheet

Ward Kimball Character Sheet

It was well within the puckish sense of humor of Disney Legend Ward Kimball to create a mock animation model sheet featuring models of himself. Though a similar caricature of Ward was used in Reason and Emotion (1943), this caricature of a model sheet is from 1953 and was not used for any real animated …

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2017 Member Gift

Drawing from the Masters | D23 2017 Gold Member Gift: Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men

In this final installment of the Nine Old Men video series, discover how Walt’s legendary artists inspired a new generation of animators to lead Disney filmmaking into the future. Join directors Pete Docter, John Musker, Ron Clements, and Chris Buck; animators Mark Henn and Dale Baer; and Disney Legends Burny Mattinson and Andreas Deja as they recall memories about some of their favorite mentors.

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Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Bambi

Get to Know the Animators Behind Your Favorite Disney Films

Celebrate some of the most legendary artists behind classic Disney animated films with this year’s D23 Member Gift. By Greg Ehrbar The first “nine old men” were Supreme Court justices—all more than 90 years old—who were trying to block President Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the mid-1930s. When Walt Disney selected his first-string supervising animators, …

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Ward Kimball animates Panchito

Ward Kimball Animates Panchito

Disney Legend Ward Kimball animates the charro rooster Panchito for The Three Caballeros (1945), which contains the artist’s favorite sequence of all the animation he produced: the title song sequence featuring Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito himself. “I still look on it as one of the good, big things I did because I broke …

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Bambi and Flower

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”

By Steven Vagnini This spring, D23 invites fans to take an inside look at a few beloved rain-and-flower sequences for insight into these memorable moments in Disney animation. From feature films like Bambi and Alice in Wonderland to shorts like Ferdinand the Bull and Disney•Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella, the fan in all of us will …

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Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball

Among the many memorable Disney characters Ward Kimball brought to life were Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland, and Lucifer the Cat in Cinderella.

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Disney Legend and Animator Ward Kimball is Born

Ward Kimball, a Disney Legend and one of Walt Disney’s esteemed “Nine Old Men,” was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on this day in 1914. Joining Disney in 1934 at age 20, Ward progressed from apprentice animator to supervising animator to director and producer, working on most of Walt Disney’s animated films, many Disney television features …

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