Awesome Art: Their modus operandi, especially in the forties and fifties.
Awesome Ego: If stories from his proteges are anything to go by, Milt Kahl seemed to agree with everyone that he was the greatest animator who ever lived, and given some of the characters he animated, nobody has yet to argue.
Funny Moments: Ward Kimball and Milt Kahl - the former known for his extreme practical jokes - once pulled a very elaborate stunt, involving their friendly but intense professional rivalry, at a Disney studio party. While Kimball was playing on-stage with his side-project jazz band, the Firehouse Five Plus Two, Kahl got up from his table, screamed "I can't stand that shitty damn music!", and fired a revolver loaded with blanks at him. Ward, in on the joke, clutched his chest - squeezing out the container of ketchup hidden under his shirt - and collapsed, covered in fake blood. The crowd erupted in panic. (It should be noted that, yes, therewerefamilies in attendance - Milt himself had brought his wife and children.)
Kahl had a similar, thought less-friendly, rivalry with Marc Davisnote He has been extremely jealous of Davis's masterful animation of Cruella DeVille and, year later, tried to outdo him with his animation of Madame Medusa by doing the former character's hamminessUp to Eleven. and once threw him out of his office screaming "YOU COULDN'T DRAW YOUR OWN ASS!!" An hour and a half later, Davis returned to Kahl's office with a perfectly rendered drawing of his own posterior.
Harsher in Hindsight: Wolfgang Reithermann's death in a car crash became this when Disney/Pixar animator Joe Ranft died in a crash 20 years later (former Disney studio chief and Renaissance alumni Jeffrey Katzenberg nearly died the same way as Ranft and Reithermann 10 years after Ranft's death and 30 years after Reithermann's, but he only broke his arm.)