Veteran animator and former Animation Guild president Tom Sito has written his first book, DRAWING THE LINE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ANIMATION UNIONS FROM BOSKO TO BART SIMPSON, published by the University Press of Kentucky, list price $32.
Sito (a frequent ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE contributor) began his career in 1975, early enough to, learn at the side of the great artists of the Golden Age of Hollywood animation. He has worked on Walt Disney classics, such as THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN and THE LION KING. In 1995, he helped set up DreamWorks Animation Unit and worked on the award-winning film, SHREK.
Renown for his commitment in the animation trade unions, Sito was president of The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE (formerly Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists), the worlds largest such organization, three times. He has also been very active on the ASIFA-Hollywood board of directors.
In DRAWING THE LINE, Sito relates the story of organizing animations labor force, from the early age of animation to the latest computer houses. He shows the dark side of the Golden Age, which led to big strikes at the end of the 1930s, as well as the effects of Hollywood blacklisting. Even though the creation of the Screen Cartoonist Union helped to make their work conditions better, Sito observes that the animators are still subjected to similar pressures today. This book is no dry recitation of overtime procedures, however, but a lively recounting of stories of animation artists and their times. It explores events that affected animation artists livelihoods during the 20th century through the well-known humor of this renowned animator.