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Littlejohn was then, and still is today, regarded as a legend in animation. He had worked on Tom and Jerry at MGM, but also was instrumental in the unionizing of animation artists in Hollywood. Littlejohn was the founding President of the Screen Cartoonists Guild. Along with Herb Sorrell and Art Babbit, he was a key leader of the Disney Studio strike in 1941. Melendez, then working at Disney, was a member of the Guild and most certainly knew of Littlejohn. Melendez would end up leaving Disney’s as a result of the strike.
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The Disney Strike, 1941
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