Many moons ago I did an interview with a writer for the Fast Company Magazine website about the origin of Disney’s life drawing classes within the studio, and Babbitt’s significance. A lovely article was published about Disney’s classes in the present day, appropriately crediting Babbitt as the original mastermind. CLICK HERE to read about the persistence of Babbitt’s educational legacy.
A homemade presentation on the origins of the Disney Strike, and tumultuous relationship between Babbitt and Walt Disney’s V.P.
Babbitt retelling his first encounter with Walt – and Walt’s first hint that Babbitt meant trouble.
All footage and photos are original from the Babbitt Collection.
Disney artists need time to unwind while making milestones like Snow White and Pinocchio. Here are some brief clips of some of Babbitt’s friends from the Disney studio having fun during the late 1930s.
For those of you keeping track, that’s Hardie Gramatky, Jack Cutting, Ferdinand Horvath, Pinto Colvig, Les Clark, and Bill Tytla.
A mini-doc on Art Babbitt, through the eyes and voice of his ex-wife, Marge, née Belcher, later Champion.
Disney man Hal Adelquist is one of the other beach-goers. Adelquist would later testify against Babbitt at the National Labor Relations Board hearing after the strike.
LIVE ACTION REFERENCE
We’ve discussed how Babbitt contributed to the development of animation and Disney’s golden age in many hugely significant ways. The last method I’ll touch upon here is his use of Live Action reference.
I’ve talked about it before, but it’s worth repeating how Babbitt used his personal 16mm camera to capture life around him – and then watched that footage for cues on how to animate a scene. He filmed the footage of Snow White model Marge Champion (then known as Marjorie Belcher) as shown in the clip below. It was not long before Marge and he were married.
This wonderful little video pays tribute to the live action reference used in several Disney films throughout its history, from Snow White to Sleeping Beauty to Aladdin. When you watch those clips and see those photos, think of Art Babbitt.