Ward Kimball was one of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men. Born in Minnesota, Ward was a great artist who loved to restore locomotives. He worked on animated classics such as Snow White, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and many more and now his painting is up for auction for an estimated $15,000! If only I had an extra $15k lying around. Check out the video for more information on the painting.

In other news, the other day I visited Theme Park Connection in Winter Garden, FL. I saw a signed drawing of Jiminy Cricket by Ward Kimball for sale behind glass!! *below*

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website flashcartoons.org. Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the TraditionalAnimation.com website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. TraditionalAnimation.com has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am — Reply

    He is most fathe animator of jiminy cricket from Pinnochio by the way.

  2. Nancy Simon
    August 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    Are posters available of “The Committee”?

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