Tom Sito

    Chair and Professor

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    Tom Sito is our Chair and Professor of the John C Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.

    Tom Sito’s screen credits include the Disney classics The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Pocahontas (1995), Dinosaurs (2000) 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 directorship post to help set up the Dreamworks Animation unit. He worked on The Prince of Egypt (2001), Antz (1999), Paulie (1998), Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), and was the storyboard supervisor for a time on the award winning film Shrek (2001).

    Tom also helped animate the title sequence of City Slickers, the 1982 Emmy award-winning ABC special Ziggy’s Gift (1982), directed 22 hours of Saturday morning television, including Fat Albert, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, and numerous commercials. Tom co-directed the animation for Warner Bros. Osmosis Jones (2001) and did storyboards for Warners Bros. The Looney Tunes Movie (2003) and Fox’s Garfield (2004), Hop (2011) and Yogi Bear (2012).

    Tom Sito has produced short films, Has taught animation at UCLA, CalArts, Woodbury College and SMC, and has written numerous articles for Animation Magazine and Animation World Network. He has lectured on animation at NYU, SVA, Carnegie Mellon,CalArts, AFI, SCAD, BYU, University of Washington, Microsoft, Woodbury College, Capilano College, VFS and Sheridan College in Canada, EURO-CARTOON, the Ecole Du Grand Gobelins, L’Ecole Georg Melies in Paris and Cartoon Masters in Erfurt Germany, ICA Channel 4/MESH in London, The Animation Academy of Viborg Denmark, The Filmakademie Stuttgart, The Animar Festival in Palma Majorca, The Beijing Film Academy and the Yomiuri New Media Forum in Tokyo.

    He is President-Emeritus of the Hollywood Animation Guild Local 839 Hollywood and is vice president of the International Animator’s Society (ASIFA/Hollywood). He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy, the National Cartoonists Society and Hollywood Heritage.

    He is the author of four books. His first book, Drawing the Line: the Untold Story of Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson,(2006) was praised by the London Review of Books and Princeton University. His latest, Moving Innovation, a History of Computer Animation, has recently been released from MIT Press.

    In 1998 he was named in Animation Magazine’s list of “the 100 Most Important People in Animation.”