...he would be "blacklisted" as a troublemaker.
it wouldn't be a blacklist by the studios.
It'd be by the animation artists.
Yes, blacklisting is around, but is it generally started by the studios when an artist rightfully complains about being taken advantage of, or is it started by their fellow artists who don't want to "rock the boat" no matter how many unpaid hours are put in to meet unreasonable schedules?
I've not talked to an artist that wasn't hired by the studios for standing up for themselves, but I've certainly met artists who don't get recommended by other artists for their loudmouths.
Read this and try to tell me that some of the parallels between then and now aren't happening.
PICK TWO OUT OF THREE
DON'T PUNISH YOUR FELLOW ARTISTS WHEN THEY LIVE BY THE ABOVE.
Rolling over and being dead for the studios hasn't helped us before, why do you think it'd help now?
Where will your unpaid hours away from your family and life see you in 5,000 years? 500 years? 50 years? 5 years? 5 months? Unless you're a show creator, the most likely result you're gonna get is a lot of physical and mental anguish and the studios will keep right on going with unreasonable schedules and whispers of you "causing trouble" if you want what the law allows you to have.
If you don't stand up for what's right, it'll be GONE.