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Art Babbitt

Art Babbitt, full name Arthur Harold Babitsky, (October 8, 1907 - March 4, 1992) was an animator at the Disney Studio. He created and established the character of Goofy in his Analysis of the Goof, in which he explained Goofy's personality, appearance, movements and mannerisms. Babbitt also served as the lead animator of Mr. Stork, from the 1941 film, Dumbo.

Feud with Disney

Babbitt was one of the main leaders of the Disney animators' strike of 1941, during the production of Dumbo. One of the studio's higher-paid animators, Babbitt sympathized with low-ranking employees, who made as little as $12 a week. Babbitt joined the Screen Cartoonist's Guild, a trade union made up of animators from various Hollywood animation studios, demanding better working conditions and pay. Until then, Walt Disney had thought of his animation staff as family and felt personally betrayed by striking animators, particularly Babbitt. Disney fired Babbitt on May 27, 1941, which prompted 200 animators to strike the following day.

Five weeks later, the strike was resolved with the assistance of the National Labor Relations Board, who found in the Guild's favor. Disney agreed to become a union shop, and has remained so ever since. Babbitt, by now an enemy of Walt, was rehired and fired several times. Babbitt worked a final stint at Disney following his service as a Marine in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of World War II, but he was so unhappy with his life at Disney by now that he left shortly thereafter to join United Productions of America.

Walt's nephew, Roy Edward Disney, contacted Babbitt in 1991 and the two ended the long-standing feud. Nine Old Men members Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston spoke at Babbitt's funeral in 1992. Babbitt was posthumously named a Disney Legend in 2007.

Personal life

He married three times. His first marriage, to Marjorie Belcher (the live-action reference for Snow White, who would later become Marge Champion), lasted from 1937 to 1940. His second marriage was to Annemarie Dinah Gottlieb, a Holocaust survivor, and lasted from 1949 to 1963. His third marriage, to Barbara Perry in 1967, lasted from 1967 until his death in 1992. He received over 100 awards for his achievements in animation.

Characters Animated

Film Character
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Queen
Pinocchio Geppetto

Hop Low and Mushrooms

Dumbo Mr. Stork
Bongo Bongo

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Disney's Nine Old Men: Milt KahlFrank ThomasOllie JohnstonLes ClarkJohn LounsberyMarc DavisWard KimballEric LarsonWolfgang Reitherman

Animators: Bill TytlaArt BabbittPreston BlairEd LoveFred MooreShamus CulhaneCy YoungDon LuskNorman FergusonHal KingJack HannahJack Kinney • Cliff Nordberg • Bob Carlson • Hal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerEric CleworthHarvey Toombs • Marvin Woodward • Bill Justice • Jerry Hathcock • Hugh Fraser • Clair Weeks • Don BluthGary Goldman • Berny Wolf • Don Towsley • Norman Tate • John Bradbury • Lynn Karp • Charles A. Nichols • Art Palmer • Joshua Meador • Don Tobin • Robert Martsch • George Rowley • John McManus • Don Patterson • John Elliotte • Phil Duncan • George Kreisel • John Freeman • Jack Campbell • Ed Aardal • Blaine Gibson • Ken Hultgren • Fred Kopietz • George Nicholas • Bob Youngquist • John Kennedy • Henry Tanous • Dick Lucas • John Sibley • John EwingWalt StanchfieldFred Hellmich • Blaine Gibson • Julius Svendsen • Bill Keil • Andy Paliwoda
Visual Development, Layout, Background Artists and Character Designers: Gustaf TenggrenMary Blair • David Hall • Joe GrantCampbell GrantMel ShawClaude CoatsDon DaGradiJohn Hench • Art Riley • Eyvind Earle • Thelma Witmer • Al Dempster • Dick Anthony • Don Griffith • Ralph Hulett • Ray Huffine • Art Landy • Brice Mack • Al Zinnen • Ken O'Connor • Charles Philippi • McLaren Stewart • Tom Codrick • Hugh Hennesy • Lance Nolley • Thor PutnamAlbert Hurter • John Miller • Martin Provensen • John Walbridge • Dick Kelsey • Kay Nielsen • Terrell Stapp • John Hubley • Merle Cox • Ray Huffine • Mac Stewart • Jimi Trout • Basil Davidovich • Jack Hubler • Erni Nordli • Victor Haboush • Homer Jonas • Ray Aragon • Frank Artimage • Walt Peregoy • Bill Layne • Fil Mottola • Richard H. Thomas • Dale Barnhart • Anthony Rizzo • Sylvia Roemer
Storyboard Artists and Writers: Ted SearsBill PeetRalph Wright • Erdman Penner • Winston Hibler • Joe Rinaldi • Milt Banta • Bill Cottrell • Webb Smith • Aurelius Battaglia • Otto Englander • Joseph Sabo • Dick Huemer • Tom Oreb • Del Connell • Floyd Norman
Directors: Clyde GeronimiHamilton LuskeWilfred JacksonBill RobertsJack KinneyBen SharpsteenArt StevensTed BermanRichard RichLeo MatsudaNathan Greno
Producers: Walt DisneyWinston HiblerRon MillerJoe HaleKen Anderson

In the Renaissance, the Present and the Revival
Renaissance Directors: Rob MinkoffRoger AllersGary TrousdaleKirk WiseChris SandersMark DindalJohn Musker

Story Trust Directors: Ron ClementsChris BuckByron HowardDon HallChris WilliamsRich MooreStephen J. Anderson
Producers: Peter Del VechoClark SpencerRoy ConliDorothy McKimDon Hahn
Chief Creative Officer: Jennifer Lee
Associated Figures: Bob IgerRoy Edward DisneyMichael EisnerJohn LasseterEd CatmullJeffrey Katzenberg
Signature Voice Actors: Jim CummingsAlan TudykKatie LowesJohn DiMaggioMaurice LaMarcheDavid Ogden StiersJesse CortiPaul BriggsRaymond S. PersiPhil JohnstonFrank WelkerBill Farmer
Signature Musicians: Sherman Brothers Robert B. Sherman Richard Sherman Alan Menken Kristen Anderson-Lopez Robert LopezLin-Manuel MirandaHoward AshmanTim RiceStephen Schwartz
Supervising Animators: Glen KeaneAndreas DejaRandy HaycockAlex KupershmidtAnthony DeRosaEric GoldbergMark HennJohn PomeroyT. Daniel HofstedtTony BancroftTom BancroftTony FucileRuss EdmondsDuncan MarjoribanksRuben AquinoNik RanieriRon HusbandRick Farmiloe
Visual Development & Storyboard Artists: Paul Felix • Andy Gaskill • Dean DeBlois • Lorna Cook • Bill Schwab • Lisa KeeneClaire Keane • Chen Yi-Chang • Vance Gerry • Brittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimCory Loftis

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