Author Archives: Art Babbitt

Happy 106th Birthday, Art Babbitt

  In honor of Art Babbitt’s birthday, I’m sharing an interesting bit of European memorabilia.  Ten years ago this year, Babbitt was honored with an exhibit of his work in Austria’s Gallerie Maringer.   … Does anyone care to translate?

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Wicked Queen Gif

Here’s a brief Snow White GIF of some Babbitt animation. This is Sequence 7A, shot 20A, as the Queen says, “Now begin thy magic spell.” As these thirteen images play on a loop, imagine Babbitt flipping the graphite drawings in his … Continue reading

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Babbitt Sues Over $1.29

 If you picked up the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, you might have glanced at this week’s moral lodestone in “The Ethicist” column. It contextually condemns particular principles that a Mr. Art Babbitt held dear. The printed query … Continue reading

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“Persistence of Vision”

Kevin Schreck’s unauthorized documentary on the making of The Thief and the Cobbler called Persistence of Vision has been running the festival circuit and is making quite a stir.  It’s a cynical dirge about what failed to be the greatest … Continue reading

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Feature Films and Screen Credits

Last fall and winter, I had the pleasure of helping out the storyboard department on the feature film Epic for Blue Sky Studios.  I was only on the project for a few months, but it was the first mainstream feature … Continue reading

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The Philadelphia Teachers’ Strike

Why I’m interested in labor issues:  Both my parents were arrested.  Read about it in my newly published article for the Philadelphia Daily News. http://www.philly.com/philly/business/labor_and_unions/20130606_Looking_back__The__73_teachers__strike.html

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Disney on Unfair List

On this date in Disney history, the Walt Disney Studios was spotlighted for the U.S. government’s list of companies with Unfair Labor Practices (ULP).  As the Daily Worker trumpets, “Los Angeles Labor Council Places Products of Disney Firm on Unfair … Continue reading

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Marge Champion receives Lifetime Achievement Award Tonight!

Disney fans might recognize Marge Champion, ex-wife and muse of Art Babbitt, as any one of these three characters: But to the dancing public, she’s a legend for her actual on-screen appearances.  And this very night, she is receiving a … Continue reading

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The Disney Strike Remembered: Cult of Personality

It was 72 years ago today that a picket line formed outside the Disney Studios in Burbank, and hundreds of artist went out on strike.  It was Day One of what would ultimately be the largest (and most dramatic) strike … Continue reading

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Art Babbitt, Marine

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. On November 5, 1942, Arthur Harold Babbitt entered active duty in the Marine Corps.  He was honorably discharged on October 29, 1945, a Master Technical Sergeant, having attained special proficiency as a Landfall Technician.

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