Arthur Babbitt was born in Omaha, NE on Oct. 8, 1907. Babbitt abandoned a commercial art career in NYC after seeing a Disney cartoon in 1929. He then moved to Hollywood and joined Disney where he was an animator on such films as "Snow White" and "Fantasia." A Marine during WWII, he returned to Hollywood to work for United Production of America where he animated Mr. Magoo, and from 1966-73 he was art director of Hanna-Barbera Productions. Babbitt died in Hollywood on March 4, 1992.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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