Full Steam Ahead by Amid Amidi
The Life and Art of Ward Kimball

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"Ward's the one man who works for me I call a genius," Walt Disney once noted. Ward Kimball's career as an animator and Academy Award-winning director at Disney between the 1930s and the 1970s is legendary, but the work he created outside of the animation studio was equally fascinating, including building a functioning locomotive in his backyard and founding an award-winning Dixie land band. With unprecedented access to his personal archives, celebrated animation historian Amid Amidi unearthed hundreds of never-before-seen drawings, paintings, comics, letters, and photos, including concept art and stories from his occasionally turbulent career at Disney. Featuring interviews with dozens of Ward's colleagues, relatives, students, and friends, Amidi paints a complex portrait of one of animation's most irreverent and influential artists in this definitive must-have biography.

About Amid Amidi

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Amid Amidi is the award-winning author of numerous books about animated filmmaking, including Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. He lives in Brooklyn. Brad Bird is the Academy Award-winning director of Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Mission Impossible IV.
Published October 1, 2012 by Chronicle. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.

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A Patchwork of Books

Moderated by by Billy Stanek (co-host of D23’s Disney Geek), Eric and I will explore the surreal side of Disney animation, with excerpts and images from some of the most psychedelic and humorous animation in Disney animated features (and shorts).

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