Tag Archives: Art Babbitt

More Mushrooms

  More of Art Babbitt to Michael Culhane, circa 1980, about Babbitt’s animation of the Mushroom Dance from Fantasia.  Quoted by Michael Culhane. He told me his three stooges story, which my father told in the documentary, it comes with … Continue reading

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

Mushrooms can Dance!

When Michael Culhane was ten years old, he interviewed Art Babbitt in his family’s home, about how Art animated Fantasia’s Mushroom Dance, and he little protagonist, Hop Low. “Where did Hop Low come from?” I asked him. Mr. Babbitt told … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Animation, Dance, Disney, Fantasia, Film, music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Spooks” Scene from Snow White

Happy Halloween, animation fans! The “Spooks” Sequence of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs contained some beautiful Dwarf animation by Babbitt. Along with the Wicked Queen, Dopey was Babbitt’s other main character in the film. . Watching these scenes two … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Animation, Disney, Film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in 1946-1970s: Later Years, Animation, Disney, New York, Nine Old Men | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Babbitt Birthday Brunch

  Happy birthday Art Babbitt, you ol’ so-an’-so!  You’ve lied about your age before, but I’m afraid there’s no arguing that today you’re 105 years old. In around 1940 you and your lovely wife Marge hosted a brunch at your … Continue reading

Posted in 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, Film, Nine Old Men, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Hi Rez Disney Strike Protest Sign

Tomorrow is Art Babbitt’s birthday.  In the meantime, enjoy this:  a hi-rez image of my favorite protest sign from the 1941 Disney strike.

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

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

Posted in 1941: The Disney Strike, Animation, California, Disney, FDR, Film, Labor, miscellaneous, OWS, politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in 1924-1929: Illustrator in NYC, 1929-1932: Terrytoons, 1932-1941: Disney Glory Days, New York, Photography | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in 1924-1929: Illustrator in NYC, Animation, Disney, Film, Illustration, Labor, New York, Skeleton Dance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in 1946-1970s: Later Years, Alice in Wonderland, Animation, Film, Illustration | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment