After Babbitt left Disney in 1941; he would've briefly went over to Warner Bros. a little while later around 1942 and was sent to work for Bob Clampett. Bob Clampett was probably the wildest director the Schlesinger Studios had by that point and Babbitt was brought to his unit. Despite working there for at least only a month; he managed to contribute quite a fair bit of animation. His most notable animation he did was on The Wise Quacking Duck where he animated the striptease sequence and 'Wise Quacking Duck' is probably the craziest Daffy Duck cartoon ever.
He also did some scenes in Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs a parody to Disney's 'Snow White' but with a black cast; which is ironic since Babbitt worked on both productions. The only shot that I know of Babbitt did is Coal Black eating the poisoned apple but I'm not sure about the other scenes. He also did some animation on Tin Pan Alley Cats which is a pretty fun cartoon but mediocre and cheap - but I won't go into details since I haven't reviewed them yet.
Art Babbitt got a fair share although I personally find 'Wise Quacking Duck' rather interesting in trying to discover animation I.Ds since Phil Monroe recieved screen-credit for that cartoon but most of us have no idea on what he worked on since his style isn't really visible for this cartoon but he may have done a fair bit though. The only styles that appear to be certain in this short is Art Babbitt, Bob McKimson and Rod Scribner even though Scribner did little animation; although Virgil Ross likely did some scenes.
There is an interesting Mike Barrier interview with Art Babbitt where he briefly talks about his stay at Warners; and I hope Michael Barrier doesn't mind me posting this:
BARRIER: Another cartoon that I've heard you used some live action as reference for, or used in some way, was when you were at Warner Bros. briefly, in the Clampett unit, and animated the fan dance with Daffy Duck [in The Wise Quacking Duck, released in 1943].It's interesting about how he wanted a small salary when at Warners when knew he would win a lot of money against Disney; when Walt finally had no choice but to briefly bring him back in 1946 but was very, very harsh on him, and warned all colleagues that anyone who spoke to Babbitt or seen near him would get fired.
BABBITT: I was there for only a month, and that's a little story in itself. Dave Hilberman got this job for me, and I didn't want the job, because I knew I was going to win my case against Disney. Whatever I earned elsewhere would be deducted from the final settlement, so I wanted as little deducted as possible. When the guy who handled the payroll there at Warners wanted to know how much I wanted, I said, "Minimum." He said, "You know you can get more." I said, "No, I just want minimum." The next week he called me in again and said, "You can get more." I said, "I don't want more, I just want minimum."
BARRIER: Was that Henry Binder?
BABBITT: I think so. I did this duck—God, I don't have any live action for that. I mean, where the hell am I going to get live action for a duck doing a strip tease?
BARRIER: But you could have had live action of a real strip teaser.
BABBITT: But I didn't.
BARRIER: Obviously not to copy it, but just as a reference—
BABBITT: No! I never even looked at any
Although Babbitt often denies about using footage in interviews and mentioned about not rotoscoping any scenes of the Wicked Queen in Snow White.
Art Babbitt draws Mr. Meek different from the other animators as he gives him a larger forehead than the other animators and also draws Daffy's bill different from the other animators. There is good timing on when Daffy bends Meek's middle finger to whack him on the face and when he exits. The sequence is the type of assignment to be given to Art Babbitt as it's fluid movement and to what he would use at Disney; but at least he gives some cartoony looks to it. Looking later on in the cartoon; I think Babbitt did the shot of Mr. Meek placing Daffy inside the stove before turning it on which is Scribner's scenes.
During Babbitt's tenure at Warner's; Clampett had an entire top-notch quality bunch in his cartoons: Bob McKimson, Virgil Ross, Rod Scribner and Art Babbitt - that MUST have been a priviledge as he had one of the best animators at the studio; while Chuck Jones had Ken Harris and Ben Washam; and Friz Freleng had Gerry Chinniquy, Phil Monroe and later; Virgil Ross. Greg Duffell spoke to me, who knew Art Babbitt well back in the 1970s when working for Richard Williams in London, spoke to Babbitt about his brief stay at Warners and mentioned that Art Babbitt wasn't too happy being over at Warners saying all the animators did crude stuff, or drew crude and only had respect for Bob McKimson by acknowledging him as an animator. He also drew with a ruler to measure the limbs, according to Greg.
That's all for now; but I want to try and go into animation analysis on 'The Wise Quacking Duck' soon since it's tempting and to try and find out the animators scenes.