Suspended Animation #274
I am a fan of Tom Sito’s work (both as an animator and as an author) and in 2006, he wrote a good book over four hundred pages long entitled Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson. Sito himself was once president of an animation union which gave him a unique perspective to explore the history of animation unions.
Finding information on the 1941 animation strike at the Disney Studio can be especially challenging and I was impressed with the material he presented since I am fascinated by the topic. I even wrote a Suspended Animation column about it last year.
I am constantly adding magazines to my collection that include information on Disney or animation and I would like to share one of my fairly recent acquisitions since I am going to assume most of you don’t have it but may be interested in a contemporary view of the strike when it was going on.
The Screen Actor Magazine was published for union members of SAG (Screen Actor Guild) and was deeply concerned about the anti-labor attitude of the country. In the June 1941 issue, they published an extensive article about the Disney Strike which at that time was a little over a week old. While there are always at least two sides to every story, here at least is one version.
The article featured a large photo featuring Mrs. Dic McDermott, Sara Jones and Marianne DePew holding picket signs that declare “1 Genius Against 1200 Guinea Pigs” and a large two foot cutout of an angry Donald Duck holding a picket sign saying “Pin Money Can’t Keep Me In Pinfeathers”.