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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
Fantasia

Hop Low and Mushrooms

Dumbo Mr. Stork
Ringmaster
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 KinneyHal AmbroKen O'BrienJudge WhitakerEric CleworthHarvey ToombsBill JusticeDon BluthGary GoldmanDon TowsleyCharles A. NicholsJoshua MeadorDon PattersonBlaine GibsonJohn KennedyJohn EwingWalt StanchfieldFred HellmichAndy Paliwoda
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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: Dean DeBloisLisa KeeneClaire KeaneBrittney LeeJin KimShiyoon KimCory Loftis

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