11 Facts About Art Babbitt


Arthur Harold Babitsky, better known as Art Babbitt, was an American animator, best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Art Babbitt received over 80 awards as an animation director and animator, and developed the character of Goofy.

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When his hard-working father had an accident on duty and became paralyzed as a result, Art Babbitt decided to move to New York to take on the role of breadwinner.

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Art Babbitt began his career in New York City working for Paul Terry's Terrytoons Studio.

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Art Babbitt began his career at Disney as an assistant animator, but his talent was spotted and he was promoted to animator.

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Art Babbitt's first important work was a drunken mouse in the short The Country Cousin, which won an Academy Award for the studio.

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Art Babbitt thought long and carefully before he did anything, and then he did it wrong.

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Art Babbitt worked with director Jack Kinney, another "Goofy man", as Disney began to look for ways to be rid of Art Babbitt.

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Art Babbitt was fired more than once but was re-instated, taking his case successfully all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, and winning a handsome settlement.

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Art Babbitt worked on many of their famous award-winning shorts, including the lead character Frankie in "Rooty Toot-Toot", and won many awards.

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Art Babbitt had two daughters with Dina, L Michele Babbitt and Karin Wendy Babbitt.

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