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Merry Christmas from Bill and Art

What luck that Art Babbitt saved this terrific Christmas card that he and Bill Tytla devised. The two were living together in a sprawling bachelor pad on Tuxedo Terrace.  They were also working together as top animators at the Walt … Continue reading

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Babbitt Birthday Brunch

  Happy birthday Art Babbitt, you ol’ so-an’-so!  You’ve lied about your age before, but I’m afraid there’s no arguing that today you’re 105 years old. In around 1940 you and your lovely wife Marge hosted a brunch at your … Continue reading

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Hi Rez Disney Strike Protest Sign

Tomorrow is Art Babbitt’s birthday.  In the meantime, enjoy this:  a hi-rez image of my favorite protest sign from the 1941 Disney strike.

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Happy Anniversary Disney Union and Occupy Movement

Just about a week ago, we had 2 labor milestones: The one-year anniverary of the Occupy Movement (starting in Wall Street, New York) and the completion of the 70th full year of Disney’s company union (on Sept 21). Ok, it’s … Continue reading

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Occupy Disney

People protesting, all day, every day, demanding fair wages from the one percent, for they were the ninety-nine percent. Singing songs and carrying signs.  Dressing in costume.  Marching and chanting.  Camping on the neighboring grass.  A tent city in a … Continue reading

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Geppetto First Pass: Disney’s Pinocchio

Only when I first heard about the “first pass” stage from a contemporary Disney animator did the whole animation process begin to gel for me. It takes a certain amount of trial and error to get from a storyboard drawing … Continue reading

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Marge Champion, Disney and Art Babbitt

On Monday I had the honor of meeting the lovely Marge Champion in her Manhattan apartment. Marge Belcher was born on September 2nd, 1919.  When she was 13 years old, she tried out as for the part of a reference … Continue reading

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