Jack Kinney

Animation director, Producer, Animator
One of the few animation directors whose careers spanned the history of the field. Jack Kinney began in 1931 with Walt Disney, where he was directing cartoon shorts a decade later. When Disney began regular production ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1909

Filmography

Director (7)

1001 Arabian Nights 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Fun and Fancy Free 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Dumbo 1940 (Movie)

sequence director (Segment Director)

Casey at the Bat (Movie)

(Director)

Make Mine Music (Movie)

(Director)

Melody Time (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

One of the few animation directors whose careers spanned the history of the field. Jack Kinney began in 1931 with Walt Disney, where he was directing cartoon shorts a decade later. When Disney began regular production of feature-length cartoons in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Kinney contributed to "Pinocchio"(1940), "Dumbo"(1941), "The Reluctant Dragon"(1941), "Saludos Amigos"(1943), "The Three Caballeros"(1945), and "Melody Time"(1948), while continuing to direct shorts. When Disney diversified into TV in the mid 1950s, Kinney co-supervised the production of the new animation that linked together the old cartoons. He later produced cartoons for Saturday morning TV.

Relationships

Child
had three from a former marriage

Dick Kinney

Brother
born on December 15, 1916 died on March 24, 1985 frequent collaborator at Disney and UPA

Jane Kinney

Wife

Milestones

1959

Formed his own animation company, Jack Kinney Productions and oversaw the production of more than 100 "Popeye" cartoons for TV

1959

Directed "1,001 Arabian Nights", a UPA cartoon feature starring Mr. Magoo

1942

Directed the Oscar-winning WWII propaganda cartoon, "Der Fuehrer's Face"

1940

Directed "How to Ride a Horse", a short segment of the Disney omnibus feature "The Reluctant Dragon", starring Goofy; led to a successful series of "How To..." Goofy sports shorts

1940

Directed Goofy for the first time in "Goofy's Glider"

1940

Directed his first Disney cartoon short, "Bone Trouble" starring Pluto (Mickey Mouse's dog)

1931

Joined the Walt Disney Studio as an animator

Co-supervised the production of new animation for the "Disneyland" TV series early in its run in the mid-1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Kinney directed "Der Fuehrer's Face" which won Disney the 1942 Oscar for Best Short Film (One-Reel Cartoon). The actual release date of the cartoon was January 1, 1943.

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