Category Archives: New York

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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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

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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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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 4

Next up in the cavalcade of 1931 Disney staffers: Tom Palmer can’t pronounce “black sheep”; Bill Cottrell fled for his freedom; and Rudy Zamora s your drug pusher.  

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1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles – pt 3

Next up from Motion Picture Daily: Jack Cutting recognizes his nanny, Norm Ferguson pays homage to his New York roots, and Ben Sharpsteen shrugs his way through success.  

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Snow White on Tour

Well, here we are, in Pittsburgh, on Friday, January 26th.  How’s 1940 treating you so far?  Brrr — Cold enough  for you?  Hey, hows about we take in a show tonight?  It just so happens I have a copy of … Continue reading

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Film History: Edison, Griffith, and Babbitt – part 2

The tall concrete building at 2826 Decatur Ave in the Bronx was owned by Edison Studios  up through 1929.  Animation director Paul Terry and top animator Frank Moser were fired from the Van Beuren animation studio [1] – perhaps because … Continue reading

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