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Milt Kahl
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1909
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 1987
Mill Valley
Marin County
California, USA


* Animator

One of Walt Disney's famous
"Nine Old Men"


Walt Disney was a gifted artist
himself, with brilliant ideas and
plans range'n into the future. He
could never have accomplished all
of his successes without the aid
of a select group of talented
artists. These treasured origional
staffers from the Golden Age of The
Disney Studios became the well-
respected and historic:

From that select group, this
is the story of one...

Milt Kahl left high school early
to try-his-luck as a magazine
illustrator / cartoonist. He
attended local art schools in
the California area and did extra
studies under local artists allll
while working for the
Eventually he got a job with the
art department at the 'SAN FRANCISCO
BULLETIN' newspaper.
He decided to start his own art
business, which did not successful
due to the economy of 'The Great


Kahl saw the Disney animated short,
"Three Little Pigs" and was
inspired to move into animation.
In June 1934 Kahl applied for a job
with the Disney Studios. He was put
on staff as an assistant animator.

Kahl had an interesting and memorable
working style. He would sit silently
for hours without making a single
drawing, THEN suddenly he would create
pages of finished artwork. When
his fellow art department staffers
looked in his waste basket, they
would never find a single discarded
drawing. He thought through his work
so completely, many would say Milt
Kahl never had a bad drawing.

He contributed to numerous Disney
animated shorts such as:
* 'Lonesome Ghosts'
* 'Mickey's Circus'
* 'The Ugly Duckling'

Continuing his work at the studio,
he rose in rank and worked on several
different projects. These included:
* 'Melody Time'
* 'The Adventures of Ichabod
and Mr.Toad'
* 'Cinderella'
* 'The Lady and the Tramp'
* '101 Dalmations'
* 'The Jungle Book'
* 'The Rescuers'
* and many more...

He worked at the same art department
for nearly 40 years. After the death
of Walt Disney himself, he left the
studio's employ.


Milt Kahl moved from
Southern California to the
Northern part of the state.
There he excelled at other
artistic interests, such as

He passed away from pneumonia.



**** Annie Award:
**** Winsor McCay Award
- (1977)

The centennnial of Kahl's birth
was honoured by the Academy Awards
on April 27, 2009. They hosted a
tribute entitled:
"Milt Kahl:
The Animation Michelangelo"



"While we are mourning
the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing
to meet him behind the veil."

BY -- John Taylor


This biography is
humbly presented by
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley / Arkansas

Created by: Someone Who Cares...
Record added: Oct 23, 2009
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Milt Kahl
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