Author Archives: Art Babbitt

THE DISNEY STRIKE – pt.1

The Disney Strike has shaped Hollywood politics for 75 years.  It was during an age in which an entire industry (film) was slowly becoming unionized, and an entire workforce (animation artists) was the last to do so.  More than three … Continue reading

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Courtroom Testimony: THE DISNEY PROCESS

October 8, 1942.  Disney animator Art Babbitt sits on the witness stand in California Superior Court.  He is using Walt Disney Productions over wrongful termination. On November 24, 1941, 98 Disney artists were laid off.  For the most part, these … Continue reading

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This Year’s Books and Docs on Disney’s Golden Age

This year alone has seen the release of so many great works on Disney history.  Let’s take a look at some of the standouts! Behind the Magic: Snow White, produced for ABC How could I not start with this?  Besides … Continue reading

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The Prolific Print Cartoonist

Before joining Disney in the 1930s, young artists might carry a portfolio of drawings and reels of animation to Walt’s office.  Art Babbitt was only 24 when he went in for an interview with Walt in the summer of 1932.  … Continue reading

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La Huelga de Disney

Unless you’re a subscriber to Spain’s magazine Historia Y Vida, you missed a very detailed article about the Disney Strike.  Spain is jumping on the Babbitt Wagon and and just printed this six-page (six-page!) article on Walt, Babbitt, and the … Continue reading

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Disney’s Life Drawing Classes Today

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 … Continue reading

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Gunther Lessing and the Strike

A homemade presentation on the origins of the Disney Strike, and tumultuous relationship between Babbitt and Walt Disney’s V.P.

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