Tag Archives: Les Clark

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

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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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Disney Artists with Guns

Art Babbitt always had a 16mm camera with him – a real movie bug.  He brought his camera with him the day he, Bill Tytla and Les Clark  went clay shooting.  Golden-age Disney artists having fun in the sun!  Circa 1937.

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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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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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Disney and Babbitt – the 30s in Public Records

As the authorized biographer of Art Babbitt, I have access to a lot of private materials – photos, home movies, journals, etc. — all chronicling this man’s incredible life and complex mind. But today I’m going to present some non-exclusive … Continue reading

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The Snow White Wrap Party – part 2

As continued from The Snow White Wrap Party – part 1, here are some more pics, courtesy of Disney artist Willie Pyle, from the weekend of June 4, 1938. Young Art Babbitt wasn’t much of a dancer – or a … Continue reading

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