The infamous letter denying women creative work at Disney Animation in the 1930s (previously)
has an interesting addendum in a 1941 announcement by Walt Disney
that the studio would be starting to admit women into the animation training program. Disney ends with a shoutout to "little Rhetta Scott, of whom you will hear more when you see Bambi."Rhetta Scott
was to be the first credited female animator at Disney and drew the complex sequence of attacking hounds
.Women's progress in the industry since has been slow but is recently accelerating quickly, so here is a random roundup of dazzling hand-drawn animated shorts by women:The (Not Very) Old Guard
, famous for virtuoso draftsmanship, swirling camera, and raunchy comedy
Dreams and Desires
, latest in a series starring everywoman Beryl.
is another good showcase of her style.
Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
hand paint each frame of their Academy Award-nominated films about connection and alienation
When the Day Breaks
The Up And Comer
, now famous as creator of Steven Universe, made a surreal student film:
Speaking of student films, a generation of talent is erupting out of animation schools, which have seen a huge increase in female students.
Get Off My Lawn Whippersnappers Student Film Division
, dazzling display of kinetic action.
Léa Justum, Chloé Nicolay, Laura Pannetier, Taylor Price, (and okay, one guy) Xavier Saillol
, cute and bouncy love story, with pug.
Alice Bissonette, Aloyse DeSoubries Binet, Sandrine Han Jin Kuang, Juliette Laurent, Sophie Markatatos
, a woman plagued with an alligator.
De Charlotte CAMBON DE LA VALETTE, Stéphanie MERCIER, Soizic MOUTON, Marion ROUSSEL
, beautifully drawn ode to the maker of dinner.