Category Archives: 1946-1970s: Later Years

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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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“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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The Camel with Wrinkled Knees

One of Babbitt’s best latter-day scenes is from the feature film, Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977), directed by Richard Williams.  For 1970s animators and kids of the 1970s/early 1980s, the film is still appreciated; for almost everyone … Continue reading

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Dina Babbitt: The Book

Dina Babbitt, Art’s third wife and mother of his children, was an artist and a hero in her own right.  A Jewish art student in WWII Europe, she survived Auschwitz – and bargained for her mother’s life – by painting … Continue reading

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Dina Babbitt: The Comic

Dina Babbitt was many things: Art Babbitt’s third wife (married April 17, 1948), the mother of his children, an artist, a Holocaust survivor, a hero, an activist. A Jewish art student in WWII Czechoslovakia, she survived Auschwitz – and bargained … Continue reading

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Charles M. Schulz

Ever since it was announced last month that Blue Sky Studios (of Ice Age fame) is bringing Charles Schulz’s Peanuts franchise to the screen, there has been a lot of brouhaha about it. Art Babbitt met Charles Schulz in the … Continue reading

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Honoring Tissa David

Today the New York animation community honored one of animation’s finest artists: Tissa David, with a special screening of clips of her sequences, as well as words by speakers who knew her. Tissa was a woman in a man’s industry, … Continue reading

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The 3rd Annual Annie Awards

The Annie Awards is the Oscars for the animation industry:  the highest honor awarded by one’s peers in the animation field.  The tradition was started by the incredible June Foray, a ubiquitous voice talent from the Golden age of Looney … Continue reading

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More Babbitt Walk Cycles

In 1948, Art Babbitt was in Paris working with Lou Bunin on his stop-motion Alice in Wonderland film.  Babbitt’s walk cycles were used as pre-production reference for the animators.  Four of them have been previously published and I’ve already scanned … Continue reading

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Walk Cycles from “Alice in Wonderland”

Lou Bunin was a stop-motion animation master, but seeing these drawings animate makes me crave a hand-drawn Alice to challenge Disney’s.   I would have loved to have seen more of Babbitt’s drawings move! Thanks to the late, great Shamus … Continue reading

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