Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson

Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson

by Tom Sito
     
 

As cartoons and animated features became an increasingly important part of the entertainment business, the production of cartoons industrialized to meet growing demands for the new global media. Artists adopted traditional union models to protect their jobs and working conditions, and a unique set of unions was born. Drawing the Line is the first labor

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As cartoons and animated features became an increasingly important part of the entertainment business, the production of cartoons industrialized to meet growing demands for the new global media. Artists adopted traditional union models to protect their jobs and working conditions, and a unique set of unions was born. Drawing the Line is the first labor history of an industry whose principle figures—Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, and Max Fleischer—helped define American entertainment. Author Tom Sito, Disney animator and former president of the Hollywood Animation Guild, draws on oral histories, archival information, and firsthand knowledge of the animation process to create an insider's history of a colorful set of labor unions. 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. He closes with a look at the changing nature of animation and the way in which current giants Disney and Dreamworks are again reshaping the relationship between studios and animators. Well illustrated with never-before-seen images from the backstage of classic Hollywood, Drawing the Line will change basic assumptions about animation history and its place in the story of American labor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813124070
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : why a history of animation unions?1
1The world of the animation studio : the carton assembly line7
2Suits : producers as artists see them31
3Hollywood labor, 1933-1941 : the birth of cartoonists unions57
4The Fleischer strike : a union busted, a studio destroyed77
5The great disney studio strike : the Civil War of animation101
6The war of Hollywood and the blacklist : 1945-1953153
7A bag of oranges : the terrytoons strike and the great white father197
8Lost generations : 1952-1988213
9Animation and the global market : the runaway wars, 1979-1982247
10Fox and hounds : the torch seen passing285
11Camelot : 1988-2001293
12Animation ... isn't that all done on computers now? : the digital revolution319
Conclusion : where to now?345

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