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Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson Hardcover – October 6, 2006
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"[Sito's] marvelous book... provides a witty, passionate, radical insider's view of the American film industry that is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the cinema."―International Socialism
"The stories he tells are alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, infused with the irreverence that's always characterized this field. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the world of animation should consider this book a must-read."―Leonard Maltin
"Here is a unique perspective on the history of American animation, written by an artist and director who's also played a key role in his industry's labor movement. The stories he tells are alternately heartbreaking and hilarious... Anyone with more than a passing interest in the world of animation should consider this book a must-read."―LeonardMaltin.com
"Drawing the Line contains the best account yet of the 1941 Walt Disney strike, with documentation of the union side."―London Review of Books
"Contains the best account yet of the 1941 Walt Disney strike, with documentation of the union side."―London Review of Books
"Sito . . . crafts an appealing analysis of the heretofore undocumented tensions resulting from the production process of one of America's most enduring cultural media. Drawing the Line is a fine analysis of an intriguing aspect of the labour history made all the more so by the author's obvious passion for the subject and its actors. Thanks to the nature of the subject matter, the reader is treated to a plethora of rare and humorous cartoons and photos which give the narrative a real human dimension. Drawing the Line provides an invaluable point of entry for professional scholars who wish to further investigate the intriguing field of artistic unionism."―Paul Lawrie, University of Toronto
""Sito is at his best sorting through the issues arising from [the arrival of computers] given that in a sense all cinema is animation, the demarcation and jurisdictional lines between special effects, digital artists (no more inkers and painters), various managers and supervisors became very complex indeed.""―Rick Thompson, Screening the Past
"Drawing the Line provides an invaluable point of entry for professional scholars who wish to further investigate the intriguing field of artistic unionism."―Paul Lawrie, Labour/Le Travail
"Sito describes the history and fiery personalities behind the formation of the Screen Cartoonists Union, the strikes and walk-outs, the effects of Hollywood blacklisting, and the battles at the bargaining tables."―Man vs. Art
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not your typical film or animation history book.
Tom Sito's DRAWING THE LINE is essential reading for historians of the 20th century, for labor historians, for filmmakers, for animators, and for anyone who wants to read an outstanding piece of writing.
It has a cast of thousands: Mafiosi, musicians, politicians, inventors, movie stars, producers, and animated cartoonists who were also labor activists.
If you are in the animation or film business, or a labor union, this book will raise your eyebrows more than once. If you are none of the above but want to learn about these things from the artist/worker's perspective, this book will educate you while entertaining you. (Remember when animated films did that?)
DRAWING THE LINE fills a huge gap in the history of the American labor movement. It is valuable history and it is also a lot of fun to read.
I'm so glad that he has written his first. It's such a great read, I couldn't put it down. My wife had to take it away from me or I would have stayed up all night reading and been zonked at work.
I can't wait for the next one.
Sito has written an important story with panache, wit, and a unique insider's perspective, and has created a book that everyone interested in classic Hollywood and the Golden Age of animation must have.
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For anyone interested in the history of animation or anyone looking to enter the animation industry, this book is an important historical account; a must-read.
Diane C. Donovan
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The definitive account of the founding of one of Hollywood's first trade unions, and how it changed the animation industry forever.Published 6 months ago by Ken Cope
A brilliant story on the intricacies of Hollywood show business from the animators perspective.Published 18 months ago by Will
Tom Sito is a excellent storyteller who weaves a tale of animation history using the unions as a guide. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by AnimationNerd
I originally read about this book in a review from animation world network ([...]) It is everything the review said. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Ellen J. MacWilliam
As a Disney enthusiast, I have found one of the most delicate and hard-to-research periods in Disney history was the 1941 studio strike. Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by bob68
Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Mr. Magoo, Fred Flintstone, the Pink Panther and Bart Simpson, are the biggest stars in the business. Read morePublished on January 1, 2007 by Graham Hill