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Ward Kimball (1914 -- 2002)

Ward Kimball, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is hardly a well known name in the movies - but, like many an unsung hero, his work is celebrated worldwide and will live on.

An artist and animator who was a great fan of Mickey Mouse cartoons, Ward joined the Walt Disney Studio, aged 20, in 1934. He was to stay there at the drawing board until his retirement in 1973. He created the top-hatted Jiminy Cricket, conscience of Pinocchio (1940) and a host of other enduring characters.

He supervised the animation on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney's first animated feature film, released in 1937), Fantasia, The Three Caballeros (with Donald Duck) and Mary Poppins. Ward Kimball died aged 88 on 8 July 2002 and is survived by Betty, his wife of 66 years.