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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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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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Marge Champion / Marjorie Belcher

There is a lot to say about the great Marge Champion, more than I have time for tonight.  I just had to post something about her because … well, … last night I had a dream that I met her.  … 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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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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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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