Women in Animation Offers Dismal Stats on Current State of Affairs, Proposes Paths toward Progress
... In the last five years, only three features in the US and two in France were helmed by women -- and all as part of a male-female directing team. Jennifer Yuh Nelson ("Kung Fu Panda") and Jun Falkenstein (“The Tigger Movie”) were the only two female solo directors to helm US-produced animated features in the last 15 years.
“The numbers are out of proportion because there has been very little work done to intentionally change the status quo," said WIA co-president Marge Dean. "Most hiring in entertainment is risk-averse, where people hire who they know. It’s easier, but what that leads to is the hiring of the same people and, up until recently, primarily men.” ...
Jennifer Yuh Nelson is helming Kung Fu Panda 3, but this time in conjunction with a man.
Reversion to the mean.
We got a big spike in web traffic a few days ago; apparently the Women in Animation report had something to do with it. We've been pointing out the lopsided employment in Cartoonland for some time now. (Find a few of them here, here and here. There are numerous others.)
But employment stats have been pretty consistent over the years. Lots of men in the biz. Relatively few women.