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Art Babbitt Collection

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Art Babbitt was a renowned American animator, best known for his work at the Walt Disney Company on such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) and “Fantasia” (1940). This small collection of personal films belonging to Babbitt came to the Archive in 2013 and includes a one-of-a-kind color home movie from the 10th Academy Awards ceremony, as well as several others shot in the late 1930s featuring Southern California. The collection also features digital transfers of notable video interviews with Babbitt covering his animation techniques, his personal history, and his experience during the Disney strike of 1941. Much of the footage also includes examples of Babbitt’s work, from Disney projects of the 1930s, to television commercials of the 1960s, to his collaboration with Richard Williams on “The Thief and the Cobbler” in the 1980s. 

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