Timeline Compiled By

Tom Sito was born in New York City. An animator since 1975, he has worked in New York, Los Angeles, London and Toronto in every phase of animated film production. He has done commercials, educational films, and direction of children’s television series like He-Man and Masters Of The Universe, She-Ra and Fat Albert.

As an animator for Walt Disney Pictures, his credits included Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Fantasia Continued, The Lion King and Pocahontas. Co-directed the Warner Bros. feature Osmosis Jones. Tom has produced his own independent films and has taught animation at USC and California Institute of the Arts.

He is President-Emeritus of The Animation Guild, having served as president from 1992 to 2001 and is an outspoken advocate for the rights of artists. He is currently teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Warner Brothers Battle & Terrytoons Strike

[ The 1930’s ] [ Screen Cartoonists Guild & Looney Tune Lockout ] [ The Disney Strike, 1941 ]
[ Warner Brothers Battle & Terrytoons Strike ] [ Local 839 chartered, 1952 ] [ The 50s through the 90s ]

The links above go to pages that contain a compilation of an exhibit tracing the history of labor unions in screen cartooning. The full exhibit is on display at our headquarters building at 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California 91505. The office is open Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 am to 5 p.m.

“The Battle of Warner Bros.”, 1946-1947

During World War II, most American unions honored a labor peace. As the war drew to a close, the CSU and IATSE headed for final confrontation. Now headed by Sorrell, the CSU smashed itself to bits in several citywide strikes.
On October 5, 1945, 3,000 film workers fought the Burbank police in front of the studio. Although the Guild did not strike, animators picketed and gave assistance.

October 5, 1945, 3,000, strikers attack a studio policeman’s car trying to break through the picket line at Warner Brothers Studio.

The Terrytoons Strike, 1947

In New Rochelle, N. Y., members of the Guild’s East coast branch struck the studio known for Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle. The strike lasts eight months—the longest cartoonists’ strike in history. Although the strikers returned to work without a settlement, eventually Paul Terry is forced to sign.

Left: Jim Logan walks the Terrytoons picket line back in 1947. Right: Anonymous anti-union cartoon published in support of the union.