Art Babbitt is an animator who needs no introduction, so naturally I’m writing one anyways. Babbitt was very active in the field of animated adverts during television’s golden age. Like so many of the early TV animators, he had spent many years doing theatrical work. He was one of Paul Terry’s best before Mr. Disney spirited him away. Babbitt contributed to the success of Disney’s early features, but the studio strike of the early forties had famously cut his time there short. Babbitt also worked at the Leon Schlesinger studio animating for Bob Clampett. At UPA, Babbitt was an animator, then a director, then an animator again.
Babbitt was one of the regular animator’s at John Hubley’s Storyboard, Inc. before becoming one of the founders of Quartet Films. Art Babbitt was later made head of the Hanna-Barbera commercial department.
Here are just a few examples of his commercial work…
Featuring Daws Butler. I always felt that thugs, louts and clods brought out the best in Babbitt, as you will see in this spot.
This beautifully animated spot was made to promote Detroit’s own Faygo pop. Produced by John Hubley for the W. B. Donner agency.
Hubert the Harris Bank Lion
One of several bits of animation that Babbitt did featuring the loveable Hubert. Vocals by Frank Nelson.
Featuring Stan Freberg, this spot is a play on Salada’s slogan, “Take Tea and See.”
Babbitt would sometimes do freelance animation for Jay Ward Productions like this early Cap’n Crunch spot. Daws Butler is THE Cap’n Crunch.
From Hanna-Barbera. Little Orphan Annie and Sandy sell… hairspray?