While some animators from the golden age of Hollywood studio cartoons have gained renown, few story men have been hailed for their achievements. Dick Kinney is a significant figure in this unsung field. He is best known for his work at the Walt Disney Studio with his brother, animation director Jack Kinney, on the highly regarded series of Goofy sports cartoons made during the 1940s. Kinney also contributed gags and story ideas to Donald Duck shorts and Disney features such as "Dumbo" (1941), "The Three Caballeros" (1945) "Make Mine Music" (1946).
He later worked on UPA's Mr. Magoo cartoons. After a short stint at Walter Lantz Productions (home of Woody Woodpecker), Kinney freelanced on early Saturday morning television cartoons. He also contributed to the Mr. Magoo comic strip and Walt Disney comic books.