Monday, February 01, 2016

The Animation Guild Golden Award Interview #8 -- Jack Kinney

Disney veteran Jack Kinney spends a few minutes with Harvey Deneroff.

Jack Kinney went to work at Walt Disney Productions in 1930, and departed twenty-eight years later in 1957. In-between he directed features and shorts, although he claimed always to enjoy Disney short-form projects better, most likely because he wasn't micr-managed by Walt.

Disney veteran Vance Gerry remembered Mr. Kinney this way:

"I was new to Disney, working in the layout department. And I remember walking by Jack's unit and peering in the doorway. All I could see were different feet up on the director's desk and hearing the guys in there laughing and laughing. I didn't know what they were laughing at, but I remember that laughter.

And then a few months later the feet, people and laughter were all gone. Walt closed down the shorts unit."

Jack Kinney went on to direct Popeye cartoons for television and Mr. Magoo's first feature, 1001 Arabian Nights. Mr. Kinney died in the early 1990s at the age of age eighty-two, in Glendale California.


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