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NLRB v. Walt Disney Productions
Testimony: Day 7 of 7
October 16, 1942

Witnesses for the Prosecution: Bill Hurtz, Art Babbitt

Here Babbitt continues his description of the bitter days that led up to the strike, as well as the strike itself and the months following. At Gunther Lessing's objection, he laughs out loud. Babbitt elucidates more details of the studio in an attempt to prove that he was considered a valuable employee and that his termination was purely discriminatory.

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967 – BILL HURTZ describes himself, and his work on The Reluctant Dragon.

971 – Hurtz testifies that Babbitt did not trace his live-action reference.

973 – Hurtz says Fred Moore used Babbitt's animation of The Country Cousin for inspiration for Timothy in Dumbo.

979 – Hurtz reports that Don Graham praised Babbitt's animation in Baggage Buster.

981 – ART BABBITT describes how he did and didn't use live-action reference, and how Walt thought up the "How To" series.

986 – Being the hand in The Reluctant Dragon.

987 – Sweatbox shorthand clarification

990 – Presenting final evidence

994 – FINAL ARGUMENTS BY THE BOARD: Babbitt was laid off because of bias, despite his ability.

1003 – FINAL ARGUMENTS BY THE COMPANY: This is between Company and Guild, and the Labor Board overstepped. 

1006 – The company acted according to protocol in good faith.

1011 – Babbitt is unfairly receiving special treatment and protections.

1015 – The arbitration award from August 1941 does not refer to restructuring in November.

1025 – Hiring O'Rouke is an act of good faith.

1028 – Previous labor cases are invoked: "Differences in interpretations... should not be treated as unfair labor practices."

1029 – There's not enough evidence.

1031 – The board had insufficient findings and lacks jurisdiction.

1033 – Babbitt is an unreliable witness.

1036 – Babbitt was not a top animator.


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