Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sito's History of Animation Labor Reviewed

Jim Hill Media has a nice review of Prez Emeritus Sito's new book ...

Copyright 2006 University Press of Kentucky

Having read it a while back, I concur with JMH's assessment. Tom did one hell of a job unspooling the long history of animation from working artists' perspectives. Their struggles, their anxieties and aspirations.

The story of screen cartooning is far more than the biographies of Walt Disney or Walter Lantz or Bill Hanna/Joe Barbera. It's about everybody who brought the art form to life, from the board artists to the writers to animators to the inkers and cell painters. High time that somebody told it.


Anonymous said...

When I was a kid in this business I had the opportunity to speak with a lot of the "old codgers" who lived through this period of animated history. Making cartoons is a whole lot more than simply drawing little bunny rabbits.

It's a shame more kids in the business don't know its history. Perhaps they would have been a good deal more circumspect during the brief "cartoon boom" in the eighties and nineties.

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