We were going to say "Good thing that doesn't happen any more." But judging from the statistics, one almost wonders how much the business has improved. After all, thanks to ink-and-paint there were a lot more women working in animation in 1939 then today.May 9, 1939Miss Frances Brewer 4412 Ventura Canyon Avenue Van Nuys, California Dear Miss Brewer: Your letter of some time ago has been turned over to the Inking and Painting Department for reply. Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school. To qualify for the only work open to women one must be well grounded in the use of pen and ink and also water color. The work to be done consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with India ink and filling in the tracings on the reverse side with pain according to directions. In order to qualify for a position as "Inker" or "Painter" it is necessary that one appear at the studio on a Tuesday morning between 9:30 and 11:30, bringing samples of pen and ink and water color work. We will be glad to talk to you further should you come in. Yours very truly, WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS By: [Mary E. Cleave]
Monday, June 19, 2006
Disney's Hyperion lot. In Jeff Massie's comments from the Geena Davis discussion below, he mentioned a form letter that Lillian Friedman received from Disney when she applied after five year's experience as an animator at Fleischer. Here's a version of that form letter ... from TAG's archives...and Tom Sito's upcoming Drawing The Line: Here's the text -- in case reading the above gives you eye-strain...
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