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Thomas R. Sito, B.F.A.

Chair, Division of Animation and Digital Arts
Professor of Cinematic Arts
Work Phone: 818.887.4634

Originally a native of New York City, Tom Sito is a well-known veteran of the Hollywood Animation Industry. His 31 movie credits include the Walt Disney classic films The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty & The Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Pocahontas (1995), and Fantasia (2000). Animation World Network called Tom "one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival "(January 2001). He also created animation and storyboards for Dreamworks Shrek (2001), The Prince of Egypt (2001), Spirit (1997) Fox’s Garfield (2003), Warner Bros Osmosis Jones (2001), Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003), and the 3D Roadrunner shorts (2010). 

For television, Tom animated on the 1982 Emmy award winning ABC special Ziggy's Gift (1982), animated on series such as Fat Albert, He Man & The Masters of the Universe, She-Ra, Biker Mice From Mars, Click & Clack, Superfriends, Gobots,and numerous commercials.

Tom Sito is President-Emeritus of the Hollywood Animation Guild, Local# 839 IATSE, and is Vice President of the International Animator's Society (ASIFA/Hollywood). He is a executive board member of the Motion Picture Academy for Shorts and Feature Animation, the National Cartoonists Society, and Hollywood Heritage. Prior to joining USC, Tom taught animation at Woodbury College, UCLA, The American Animation Institute, Gnomon and Santa Monica College. He has lectured about animation around the world from Beijing to Berlin.

Tom Sito has written numerous articles in Animation Magazine and Animation World Network and is the author of three books. His first book "Drawing the Line: the Untold Story of Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson" (2006), was honored by the London Review of Books and the Firestone School of Economics of Princeton University.

In 1998 he was named in Animation Magazine's list of "the 100 Most Important People in Animation". In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious June Foray Award by the International Animator’s Society ( ASIFA/Hollywood) for a lifetime of service to the animation community.