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Also Known As: Died: February 4, 1992
Born: March 29, 1909 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Profession: animation director, animator, producer

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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. Kinney's most enduring and celebrated contributions to the field were his Goofy "How To..." shorts in the 40s. While Disney was the undisputed leader in cartoon features during this period, their shorts were becoming staid compared to the anarchic offerings from Warner Brothers (Bugs Bunny & Co.) and MGM (Tom & Jerry). Jack Kinney and his brother, cartoon writer Dick Kinney, helped close the gap with their funny, fast-paced and often violent efforts.

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.

Kinney's most enduring and celebrated contributions to the field were his Goofy "How To..." shorts in the 40s. While Disney was the undisputed leader in cartoon features during this period, their shorts were becoming staid compared to the anarchic offerings from Warner Brothers (Bugs Bunny & Co.) and MGM (Tom & Jerry). Jack Kinney and his brother, cartoon writer Dick Kinney, helped close the gap with their funny, fast-paced and often violent efforts.

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DIRECTOR:

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  1001 arabian nights (1959) Director
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  Melody Time (1948) Cartoon dir
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  Bongo (1947)
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  Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Director
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  Make Mine Music (1946) Director
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  The Three Caballeros (1945) Seq dir
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  Saludos Amigos (1943) Seq dir

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Reluctant Dragon (1941) Himself, artist in drawing class
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1931:
Joined the Walt Disney Studio as an animator
1940:
Directed his first Disney cartoon short, "Bone Trouble" starring Pluto (Mickey Mouse's dog)
1940:
Directed Goofy for the first time in "Goofy's Glider"
1941:
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
1943:
Directed the Oscar-winning WWII propaganda cartoon, "Der Fuehrer's Face"
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Co-supervised the production of new animation for the "Disneyland" TV series early in its run in the mid-1950s
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
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Notes

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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wife:
Jane Kinney.

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brother:
Dick Kinney. Cartoon story man. Born on December 15, 1916; died on March 24, 1985; frequent collaborator at Disney and UPA.

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