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Art Babbitt Blog

If you’re a Disney fan like me, your going to love The Art Babbitt Blog! This blog is our first featured blog on this site, with many more featured blogs to come!

Almost every year, for the past 10 years, we have traveled to Disney World to escape the “real” world. When we travel, we actually embark on a magical journey, just as Walt would have envisioned it. A world of happy faces, smiles and true bliss. I always look forward to this trip. Now you can read more about Disney and one of his most famous animators, Art Babbitt.

Art BabbittArt Babbitt was a Disney Animator and Jake Friedman is his official biographer. Jake is a “writer, animator, activist and teacher”. Here is some of what Jake Friedman is about:

“Graduating NYU film school led to a career in animation for shows on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, as well as Saturday Night Live, while simultaneously parlaying my fandom into a career in journalism. I’m spent the better part of a decade writing for Animation Magazine and other publications, both in print and online, and since 2011 I’ve been authorized by Art Babbitt’s family to be his official biographer.”

The Art Babbitt Blog has so many interesting entries about Disney. In his latest post series called 1931 Disney Staff Caricatures & Profiles (Pt.1) , Jake, stumbled upon some auctioned 1931 Disney memorabilia. Here is what he posts:

“Half by accident, half by definite purpose, I stumbled upon an auction of Disney memorabilia and in it was included a page of a magazine called Motion Picture Daily. It had caricatures of Disney staffers from the early ’30s. After a little internet research, I was able to locate high rez pix of not only that page, but its adjoining pages. What I was able to reap was not caricatures (by Disney artist Jack King) of the 1931 Disney staff, but also brief autobiographical artist profiles that give a window into the youthful and playful behavior of these young creatives. I’ll post a few of these over the course of the next few days.”

DisneyAutoSome year ago, I read the book Walt Disney: An American Original. This was a fascinating look at Walt Disney as he grew up in Kansas. It chronicled his early life and break through in short film. Written by Bob Thomas, “Walt Disney is an American hero–the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend–the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Complete with a rare collection of photographs, Bob Thomas’ biography is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.” (Amazon)

Jake’s blog posts are equally fascinating. His posts are a treasure trove of historical photos and memorabilia associated with Walt Disney and one of his most gifted animators, Art Babbitt, described as one of the “most widely innovative artist of the Golden Age of animation, and is hugely responsible for making Disney animation what it was.”.

Did you know that Art Babbitt met Charles Schultz? Be sure to check out this interesting post entitled Charles M. Shulz. Did you also know that Art Babbitt was invited to Aldous Huxley’s home on New Year’s Day, 1942? Aldous Huxley is the author of A Brave New World. Jake takes much of this information from Art’s personal diary. We even find out that Mr. Huxley helped Walt Disney develop the script for Alice in Wonderland.

There are so many more posts to explore and discover on this interesting blog. I want to personally thank Jake Friedman for sharing this wonderful and interesting information to all of us Disney fans out there!

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