- Category : 1909-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Upheaval 1
American animator, director and producer of animated shorts. Kinney began his long career in cartoons at the Walt Disney Studios in 1931 as an animator on several shorts, including Santa's Workshop (released on 10 December 1932), The Band Concert (released on 23 February 1935), and Moose Hunters (released on 17 April 1937). He then became a director of cartoons at Disney, including as a sequence director for both Pinocchio and Dumbo and especially as a director in the shorts department, where he directed many cartoon shorts, mostly those starring Goofy (his brother Dick created the stories for the shorts), although he also directed a few Donald Duck cartoons as well, including the Academy Award-winning wartime propaganda film, Der Fuehrer's Face. He also served as director of most of the "package films" during the 1940s, including The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. In the mid-1950s, he supervised new animation used to tie some of the old shorts together for Disney's television efforts.
In 1957, after Kinney left Disney he started, with another Disney alum, Hal Adelquist, Kinney-Adelquist Productions, Inc., an independent animation studio. Among other work they provided animation for King Features Syndicate's 1960 Popeye series. Kinney also directed the 1959 UPA film 1001 Arabian Nights, starring Mr. Magoo.
In 1988, Kinney published a short memoir, Walt Disney and Assorted Other Characters: An Unauthorized Account of the Early Years at Disney's. Kinney died on 9 February 1992 in Glendale, California at the age of 82.