Category Archives: New York

The Many Dates of Art Babbitt

I know I haven’t written an entry in a few days – I’m actually working on the actual book proposal!  I’ve been reading, researching and writing  (would Art Babbitt say, “righting”?) the story of Disney’s most influential Golden Age animator. … Continue reading

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Organized Labor vs Steamboat Willie

Sure, Art Babbitt and Walt Disney fought on opposite sides of the union during the Disney Strike, … but Walt Disney had a run-in with union unrest before Mickey Mouse ever premiered in his first film, Steamboat Willie! In late … Continue reading

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New York 1936 on Film

Though he worked and lived a Hollywood life in the 1930s, Art Babbitt would visit New York often.  He had lived and worked in New York from the ages of 16 to 24.  For a kid whose “higher education” was … Continue reading

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Illustrator for Hire, 1928

In 1928, Arthur Babbitt was a real New Yorker. He was a successful freelance artist, working in his own studio near Times Square, engaged to a cute brunette from Brooklyn, and all before he was 21 years old.  This was … Continue reading

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