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During the closure of Warner Bros.' animation studio, Jones got a job in Disney, where he teamed up with Ward Kimball for a four month period of uncredited work on Sleeping Beauty. Jones disliked the experience because every aspect of the work was controlled, as opposed to the freedom he had enjoyed at Warner Bros.
Jones claims that Aladdin was 'the funniest feature ever made'.
Jones' former animation unit was laid off after completing the final cartoon in their pipeline, The Iceman Ducketh, and the rest of the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio was closed in early 1963. (Jones frequently claimed, including in the aforementioned autobiography, that this happened because Warner finally learned they weren't making Mickey Mouse cartoons.)
Connection with Walt Disney
Jones always openly admired Walt Disney, though he disagreed with his politics. During the Disney Animators' Strike, Jones joined several other Warners' employees in support of the strikers.
In spite of this, he continued to show his respect for Disney, and wrote letters to him several times over the years, to which Disney always replied. Shortly before Disney's death, Jones visited him in the hospital to thank him. In his book Chuck Reducks, he quotes Disney telling him "You are the only animator who ever wrote to me." Even towards the end of his own life, Jones admitted "Even though we didn't know it at the time, we learned from Disney." He also stated, in his earlier book Chuck Amuck, that "Walt Disney, along with many other producers, may have had the political acumen of a squid, but to me he is the patron saint of all animators."