Art Babbitt’s Wife in the NY TIMES

Dina Babbitt

Holocoast survivor Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, who was the second wife of legendary animator/director Art Babbitt, is profiled in this fascinating piece in today’s NY TIMES (use BugMeNot if registration is required). The article focuses mostly on her attempts to recover paintings that she made for the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele while in the Auschwitz camp. The article also says that she worked in animation, which is something I hadn’t known:

After the war she pursued work as an animator in Paris and was hired by the American who would become her husband, Art Babbitt. They married, moved to California and had two daughters. The Babbitts divorced in 1962, and Mrs. Babbitt returned to animation, working on characters like Tweety Bird, Wile E. Coyote and Cap’n Crunch.

After she gets back her paintings, I hear that she’s going to start a campaign to recover some of her Cap’n Crunch animation drawings.

(Thanks, Galen Fott)