Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions
By Tom Sito
This is the book for you if your interests include one of the following:
- Animated features like The Simpsons, The Lion King or the Mickey Mouse cartoons;
- What it’s like to work as a creative artist in Hollywood;
- What an absolute, anti-union jerk Walt Disney was – as are so many of today’s Hollywood titans.
Author Tom Sito is an animator and director who served for five years as president of The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists. Today he is an adjunct professor in the television and cinema departments at the University of Southern California and at the University of California at Los Angeles. Named one of the most important people in animation, his screen credits include Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and The Lion King.
Sito tells the fascinating story of Hollywood animators, from the early days of Betty Boop and Popeye to today’s world of Pixar. He describes fighting for unionism during the era of virulent anti-Communism in Hollywood, in which if an artist stood up against management he or she was labeled a Red. And he talks about the present day, in which big business is – no surprise here – sending work offshore to artists’ sweatshops. This book is chock-full of insider information and fascinating tidbits about brilliant, dedicated people and their challenge of working in an eccentric, dynamic industry.
"Tom Sito, by virtue of his unique position as one of the leading animators of the current generation, a student of world history, and a former head of the Screen Cartoonists Union himself, is the perfect person to document this subject. And he does so with hundreds of sharp anecdotes, witty quotes, and his own clever writing style." 425 pages hardcover
JERRY BECK, AUTHOR, THE ANIMATED MOVIE GUIDE