Monday, June 19, 2006
The University of Kentucky Press has given us permission to offer excerpts from Tom's forthcoming book "Drawing the Line, The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson." Since we've been discussing women in animation, this passage seems apropo: Brenda Chapman-Lima was the first woman to be a head of story, or storyboard supervisor, on Disney's "Lion King" (1995). She was later a director of "The Prince of Egypt" (2000). Vicky Jenson codirected the DreamWorks hit films "Shrek" (2001) and "Shark Tale" (2004), and Lorna Pomeroy-Cook codirected the feature "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (2002). Yvette Kaplan directed "Beavis and Butthead Do America" (1998). Many modern Hollywood producers and development executives are women, but as of this writing, women animation artists still aren't as plentiful in U.S. studios as they are in Europe and Latin America. On occasion you still hear things like, "Hey, you're making pretty good money for a girl..." And as we earlier posted Tom's thoughts on black animator Frank Braxton's early struggles in the cartoon business, here's what he says about another black artist: Animator Bob Tyler recalls that when he applied for a job at Disney in 1965, a studio exec tried to fob him off with excuses like "You would probably be too tired from riding the bus up from Inglewood to work properly." Then after the Watts riots and the federal Civil Rights Act establishing hiring quotas for all corporations, the same exec called Tyler and asked sheepishly if he would consider reapplying... The battle for fair shots in the business never ends.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 9:41 AM