Animator Tom Sito, photographed for "The Artist Within: book 2"

and, today, May 19th, is Animator Tom Sito's Birthday too!

and, today, May 19th, is Animator Tom Sito's Birthday too!

"Tom Sito has worked in most of the varied nooks and crannies of the animation industry — animator, board artist, story supervisor, to name a few — since the mid-1970s."

"Tom commenced his career in cartoons with Raggedy Ann and Andy, an animated feature helmed by Richard Williams, and has never looked back. He spent some years as a “roving gypsy” (his words), storyboarding and animating on features and television shows around the globe, going wherever the work was. That meant travel to London, Toronto, New York and points west."

Tom finally settled in Los Angeles, where he’s worked for Disney, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. (among numerous others) and where he makes his home today." Tom's website

Tom was one of the Animators who worked on "Who framed Roger Rabbit! It's funnier when he tells it so:

"Because I joined the crew later than most, I asked Dick where was I needed. He answered: "Weasels. No one wants to do them." So I did a lot of weasels, including the scenes where they all die. I also animated some of the gorilla bouncer at the Ink & Paint Club, and a lot on the finale. I animated Woody Woodpecker, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam and Dumbo. I did the last shot of the picture. I'll always remember it. One hundred characters, 28 runs under the camera for 38 feet, (45 feet is 30 seconds), 14 levels. All singing, all dancing. Zemeckis wanted it to look like the last shot of Hitchcock's The Birds, except with toons. I also got to animate some of the last voice work of Mel Blanc, doing Sylvester." IMBD-pretty cool, right?

"In addition to his work in Cartoonland, Tom is a historian, book author, and college prof., teaching at the University of Southern California since 1994 in the motion picture department."

"In 1998 Sito was included by Animation Magazine in their list of the One Hundred Most Important People in Animation."

This portrait of Tom in his home studio was taken a bunch of years ago originally for "The Artist Within: Book 1, but actually ended up in book 2. You can find out more about Tom and read more of his stories, on his website here:

and , just so's you know, both artist within books are available on the Sideshow Collectables website here:

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Animator Tom Sito, Photographed in his home studio for "The Artist Within"