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Arthur Babbitt

Arthur Babbitt


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Also Known As: Died: March 4, 1992
Born: September 28, 1907 Cause of Death: kidney failure
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: Animation ...


Babbitt's approach to character animation can be found in his classic essay, "Character Analysis of the Goof": "In my opinion the Goof, hitherto, has been a weak cartoon because both his physical and mental makeup were indefinite and intangible. His figure was a distortion, not a caricature, and if he was supposed to have a mind or a personality, he was certainly never given sufficient opportunity to display it. Just as any actor must thoroughly analyze the character he is interpreting, to know the special way that character would walk, wiggle his fingers, frown, or break into a laugh, just so must the animator know the character he is putting through the paces. In the case of the Goof, the only characteristic that formerly identified itself with him was his voice. No effort was made to endow him with appropriate business to do, a set of mannerisms, or a mental attitude..." (From "The American Animated Cartoon" edited by Gerald Peary and Danny Peary.)

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