Author Archives: Art Babbitt

Meeting Walt Disney

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.

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Babbitt’s Disney Friends

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, … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Marge on Art Babbitt

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How Babbitt Changed Animation Methodology – Pt 4 of 4

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 … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Alice in Wonderland, Animation, California, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tagged , | 1 Comment

How Babbitt Changed Animation Methodology – Pt 3 of 4

Cartoon Character Analysis Hollywood cartoon characters up to 1934 lacked a certain luster.  In the early 1930s, live-action actors were happily pigeon-holed into roles: Douglas Fairbanks was the hero, Charley Chaplin was the tramp.  But these stars were exceptional. They … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Animation, New York | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

How Babbitt Changed Animation Methodology – Pt 2 of 4

The Animation Technique of Breaking the Joints You must have noticed that if you wag a pencil in just the right way, it appears to be made of rubber.  It’s an optical illusion that makes a rigid object appear to move … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Animation, Mickey Mouse | Tagged , | 1 Comment

How Babbitt Changed Animation Methodology – Pt 1 of 4

Film history has many great pioneers who were the first to try a new technique and elevate the entire medium.  In live action film, some of the most noted artists to do so are directors and actors.  In animation, it … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Disney | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Saving Mr. Banks

I just saw Saving Mr. Banks, a dramatic re-enactment of author P. L. Travers and Walt Disney’s head-to-head on the making of 1964’s Mary Poppins. I loved it. Probably due to the Sherman brothers. As a Disney historian, there were … Continue reading

Posted in Animation, California, miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Disney Fires Babbitt How Many Times?

A question was posed to me recently: How many times did Walt fire Babbitt? In his later years, Art Babbitt was fond of saying things like “Disney tried to fire me five different times” for his union activity at the … Continue reading

Posted in 1941: The Disney Strike, miscellaneous, WWII | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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?

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, 1946-1970s: Later Years, miscellaneous, Photography, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tagged , , | 1 Comment