Hal King with other Disney animators

Hal King (born May 5, 1913 in Minnesota, United States – died September 28, 1986 in Orange, California, United States) was an American animator. He was notable for his work at Walt Disney Studios.

Hal King started out like many of his contemporaries as an inbetweener on shorts in the late 1930s before moving to features like Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi and the Three Caballeros. By the early 1940s, King started working as a full-fledged animator on the Donald Duck series. Many of them were geared towards World War 2 and Hal’s first credit was on wartime cartoon Donald Gets Drafted, directed by Jack King. He also was animating on the postwar package features, such as Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

When working started on Cinderella, Disney’s return to feature-length storytelling in animation, Hal King was brought up to feature-film talent status. He animated some of the mice, especially the girl mice in the song sequence, as well as scenes of the Duke including in the famous ending sequence where Cinderella puts on the glass slipper, bringing the physical emotions of the character. This is a similar trait he would use again in Lady and the Tramp when Lady learns of Tramp past girlfriends.

He continued to animate other films for the company and served as a great mentor to future animators like Dale Baer and Ted Kierscey until after Robin Hood where his health issues forced him to retire. He briefly returned in the 1980s to help animate the shows Adventures of the Gummi Bears and The Wuzzles before passing away in 1986. King didn’t have much contact with either students or the studio before his passing.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1940 Pinocchio assistant animator - uncredited
1940 The Riveter animator - uncredited
1940 Tugboat Mickey animator - uncredited
1940 Put-Put Troubles animator - uncredited
1940 Donald's Vacation animator
1940 Pluto's Dream House animator - uncredited
1940 Window Cleaners animator - uncredited
1940 Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip animator - uncredited
1940 Fantasia assistant animator - segment "The Pastoral Symphony", uncredited
1940 The Fire Chief animator - uncredited
1941 Timber animator - uncredited
1941 Pluto's Playmate animator - uncredited
1941 A Gentleman's Gentleman animator - uncredited
1941 Canine Caddy animator - uncredited
1941 The Nifty Nineties animator - uncredited
1941 Early to Bed animator
1941 Dumbo animator - uncredited
1942 Mickey's Birthday Party animator - uncredited
1942 Symphony Hour animator - uncredited
1942 Donald's Snow Fight animator - uncredited
1942 Donald Gets Drafted animator - uncredited
1942 Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line animator - uncredited
1942 Bambi animator - uncredited
1942 The Vanishing Private animator
1942 How to Swim animator - uncredited
1942 Bellboy Donald animator
1943 Fall Out-Fall In animator
1943 The Old Army Game animator
1943 Home Defense animator
1944 How to Be a Sailor animator - uncredited
1944 Trombone Trouble animator - uncredited
1944 Contrary Condor animator - uncredited
1944 Commando Duck animator - uncredited
1944 Springtime for Pluto animator - uncredited
1944 First Aiders animator - uncredited
1944 The Three Caballeros animator
1945 Duck Pimples animator
1945 Hockey Homicide animator
1946 Make Mine Music animator:"Willie the Operatic Whale"
"All the Cats Join In"
"The Martins and the Coys"
1946 Wet Paint animator
1946 Lighthouse Keeping animator
1946 Defense Against Invasion animator - uncredited
1946 Song of the South animator
1947 Clown of the Jungle animator
1947 Donald's Dilemma animator - uncredited
1947 Fun and Fancy Free character animator: "Bongo"
1947 Mickey's Delayed Date animator - uncredited
1948 Mickey Down Under animator - uncredited
1948 Melody Time character animator
animator: "Once Upon a Wintertime"
"Blame It on the Samba"
1948 Pluto's Purchase animator - uncredited
1948 So Dear to My Heart animator
1949 Pueblo Pluto animator - uncredited
1949 Pluto's Sweater animator - uncredited
1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad character animator
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" animator
1949 Slide, Donald, Slide animator - uncredited
1950 Pluto and the Gopher animator - uncredited
1950 Cinderella character animator
1951 Dude Duck animator - uncredited
1951 Plutopia animator - uncredited
1951 Test Pilot Donald animator
1951 Alice in Wonderland character animator
1951 R'Coon Dawg animator - uncredited
1952 Susie the Little Blue Coupe animator
1952 Pluto's Party animator - uncredited
1952 Pluto's Christmas Tree animator - uncredited
1953 Peter Pan character animator
1953 The Simple Things animator - uncredited
1953 Ben and Me animator
1955 Lady and the Tramp directing animator
1957-1968 The Magical World of Disney animator
1959 Sleeping Beauty character animator
1960 Goliath II character animator
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians character animator
1961 Donald and the Wheel animator
1963 The Sword in the Stone character animator
1967 The Jungle Book character animator
1970 The Aristocats character animator
1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks animator
1973 Robin Hood character animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh animator: "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day"
"Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree"
1985 The Wuzzles animator - uncredited
1985-1986 Adventures of the Gummi Bears animator - uncredited

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