Tom Sito Writer
Tom Sito is a thirty year veteran of animated film production.
His screen credits include the Disney classics THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, ALADDIN, THE LION KING, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT ? POCAHONTAS,DINOSAURS and FANTASIA 2000. Animation World Network called Tom “one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival” ( January 2001 ) In 1995 he left a Disney to help set up the Dreamworks Animation unit. He worked on THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, ANTZ, PAULIE, SPIRIT- STALLION OF THE CIMMARON and SHREK.
Tom also helped animate the title sequence of CITY SLICKERS, the 1982 Emmy award winning ABC special ZIGGY’S GIFT, directed 22 hours of Sat morning television including FAT ALBERT, HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SHE-RA, BIKER MICE FROM MARS , CLICK AND CLACK’S AS THE WRENCH TURNS, and numerous commercials. Tom co-directed the animation for Warner Bros. OSMOSIS JONES 2001, was a storyboard artist, animator for Warner’s Bros THE LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION 2003. And he led the storyboard team for Fox’s GARFIELD THE MOVIE in 2004.
Tom Sito has produced short films, is an Adjunct Professor of Animation at the University of Southern California and UCLA and has written numerous articles for Animation Magazine and Animation World Network. He has lectured on animation at NYU, SVA, Cal Arts, AFI, SCAD, Univ.of Washington, Microsoft, Woodbury College, VFS, Capilano College and Sheridan College in Canada, EURO-CARTOON, the Ecole Du Grand Gobelin in Paris and Cartoon Masters in Erfurt Germany, ICA Channel 4/MESH in London, The Animar Festival in Palma Majorca, The Animation Workshop of Viborg Denmark and the Beijing Film Academy. He was a key note speaker at the International Technologies Forum in Angouleme France and the Yomiuri New Media Forum in Tokyo.
He served three terms as President of the Hollywood Animation Guild 1992-2001 and was named President Emeritus. He is vice president of the International Animator’s Society (ASIFA/Hollywood), is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the National Cartoonists Society and Hollywood Heritage. His book DRAWING THE LINE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ANIMATION LABOR FROM BOSKO TO BART SIMPSON( Univ Press of Kentucky 2006) has been hailed by Leonard Maltin, and the London Review of Books as a must read. It has received a distinguished mention in the Princeton University List of Recommended Books for 2006. He also wrote the animation chapter of the three volume anthology JEWS IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE
( Praeger/Greenwood 2007). This fall his update to the classic animation manual TIMING FOR ANIMATION is due for release.
In 1998 he was named in Animation Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People in Animation.
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