Disney 06 May 2009 07:40 am
I received another delightful note from Borge Ring. It concerns Art Babbit and Jack Kinney:
- Jack Kinney as a strategist
You mention Art Babbitt in your comment on Mike Barrier’s keen review of the Milt Kahl Celebration. Here is a Babbitt experience you may not have heard about.
Art was inducted into the Marines during the Second World War.
During his absence Disney had developed a brand new Goofy series written and directed by Jack Kinney and his brother Dick. These funny films starting with “How to Ride a Horse.” The CHAPLINESQUE animation was done by the much maligned Woolie Reitherman and the brilliant John Sibley. The familiar character of Goofy was drastically changed, His actionline was reversed to point up an optimistic chest instead of the hunched shoulders
Jack Kinney wrote:
”Art had won the courtcase with Disney. He came back to the studio and was assigned to work on my new Goofys. He demanded [a Goofy with] shoulders and five fingers, because otherwise he could not use the live action he always shot of Pinto Colvig, I gave him a whole Goofy to do as his very own “The Baggage Buster” That would keep him peaceful for awhile. And in the meantime I could make two, three or four Goofys without having him fuck them up”
After a slightly strange “Baggage Buster” Jack Kinney (or whoever) relented and Babbitt animated some excellent “oldfashioned” Goofy sequences in the new series such as “Goofy’s Glider.”
Babbitt was a top “oarsman” onboard the good ship Hyperion and developed way up into Rooty Toot Toot. Art and Tissa David were John Hubley’s favourite animators. Hubley used to phone him from NY and beg: ‘”Thirty feet, Art. Juat thirty feet. ..please”
Copy of a copy of a copy.
In 2006, I wrote about Art Babbitt’s work with Hubley on the Carousel feature here.
The beautiful horse, from How To Ride A Horse, comes from Jenny Lerew’s collection.
The Jack Kinney drawing is from the Disney Bulletin.