Tag Archives: Animation

Dopey Scamble

Here’s closer look at an Art Babbitt scene from the “Spooks” sequence of Snow White.  If there were ever a chance to identify the style of animator, here is one.  This crazy scramble when Dopey thinks there’s a ghost in … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary Disney Union and Occupy Movement

Just about a week ago, we had 2 labor milestones: The one-year anniverary of the Occupy Movement (starting in Wall Street, New York) and the completion of the 70th full year of Disney’s company union (on Sept 21). Ok, it’s … Continue reading

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Les Clark, of Disney’s Supreme Court

In honor of the recent landmark healthcare decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite past members of the Supreme Court. Disney animator Les Clark. I use “Supreme Court” loosely, but by … Continue reading

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Occupy Disney

People protesting, all day, every day, demanding fair wages from the one percent, for they were the ninety-nine percent. Singing songs and carrying signs.  Dressing in costume.  Marching and chanting.  Camping on the neighboring grass.  A tent city in a … Continue reading

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Geppetto First Pass: Disney’s Pinocchio

Only when I first heard about the “first pass” stage from a contemporary Disney animator did the whole animation process begin to gel for me. It takes a certain amount of trial and error to get from a storyboard drawing … Continue reading

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Marge Champion, Disney and Art Babbitt

On Monday I had the honor of meeting the lovely Marge Champion in her Manhattan apartment. Marge Belcher was born on September 2nd, 1919.  When she was 13 years old, she tried out as for the part of a reference … 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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The Babbitt Diary: Animating in Argentina – part 2

As previously posted, in the summer/fall of 1941, Walt Disney and a group of some of his most trusted staff went to South America as part of the U.S. government’s “Good Neighbor Program”… and just a few months later, Art … Continue reading

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1940: Babbitt and Fergie

The year is 1940.  Disney’s is experiencing the Golden Age of animation.  But just how valuable is Art Babbitt to Walt Disney? Remember, this was before the “Nine Old Men” became defined as Disney’s top animators.  So we’ll look at … Continue reading

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Inventing Live-Action Reference for Animation

In the mid-1930’s, Art Babbitt was working at Walt Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood.  It was an exciting place for a creative, intelligent mind.  It masqueraded itself as a mere animation studio, but is was really  a bunch … Continue reading

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