01

THE SERIES

The world of animation is conceptually a world where anything is possible, limited only by the imagination. And yet women who imagine an open door to the animation industry don't always find one…no matter what talent, education and passion they bring to the drawing board. 

 

This docuseries tells the story of female animation pioneers in both past and present days, looking into the challenges they have faced and the progress they have made while exploring the obstacles that still exist. Highlighting the determination and passion that moved women out of the ink & paint department and into the role of animator and beyond, the docuseries seeks to inspire the next generation of animation storytellers, while questioning the inequality between men and women within the creative workforce of animation.

 

The docuseries is both an historical and current-day perspective, inviting today’s animation artists to learn from the experience of earlier generations to gain a better understanding of the foundation upon which they can build their future…to see where they’ve come from to appreciate where they stand and where they still have to go…ideally finding those open doors to wherever their imaginations take them.

 

When Christine Guest was developing curriculum as a professor in Media Arts at Ithaca College, she became acutely aware of the gender inequality issues within the film and television industry, but she was surprised to find the divide existed even more deeply within the animation industry. This discovery inspired Guest to put her talents into making a documentary series aimed at inspiring social change within the entertainment industry, starting with the field of animation. 

 
 
 
03

THE INTERVIEWEES

The stories of many diverse women will be told through on-camera Interviews, b-roll, archival footage, animation clips and photos. While not every moment of every interview can be edited into the docuseries, the footage gathered will be preserved in archives for future generations to appreciate in their entirety.

Interview participants (yes, including a few men) to date include:

Stevie Wermers

Stevie Wermers

Yvette Kaplan

Yvette Kaplan

Osnat Shurer

Osnat Shurer

Lorelay Bove

Lorelay Bove

Illya Owens

Illya Owens

Kira Lehtomaki

Kira Lehtomaki

Daron Nefcy

Daron Nefcy

Dana Terrace

Dana Terrace

Amy Smeed

Amy Smeed

Dorothy McKim

Dorothy McKim

Emily Hubley

Emily Hubley

Kristy Scanlan

Kristy Scanlan

Whitney Grace

Whitney Grace

Diana Manson

Diana Manson

Mara Alper

Mara Alper

Alan Tupper

Alan Tupper

Carrie Tupper

Carrie Tupper

Jen Oxley

Jen Oxley

Candy Kugal

Candy Kugel

Janet Benn

Janet Benn

Jan Stebbins

Jan Stebbins

Carole Holliday

Carole Holliday

Stephanie Delazeri

Stephanie Delazeri

Brenda Chapman

Brenda Chapman

Karen Kiser

Karen Kiser

Marge Dean

Marge Dean

Erica Larsen-Dockray

Erica Larsen-Dockray

Shannon Prynoski

Shannon Prynoski

Lauren Faust

Lauren Faust

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Bonnie Arnold

Bonnie Arnold

Don Hahn

Don Hahn

Katherine Sarafian

Katherine Sarafian

Angelique Reisch

Angelique Reisch

Dete Meserve

Dete Meserve

Kim Thompson-Steel

Kim Thompson-Steel

Kendra Melton

Kendra Melton

Trish Schutz-Krause

Trish Schutz-Krause

Sakari Singh

Sakari Singh

Jennifer Ray

Jennifer Ray

Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander

Danielle Feinberg

Danielle Feinberg

Darla K Anderson

Darla K Anderson

Allison Abbate

Allison Abbate

Jinko Gotoh

Jinko Gotoh

Alice Bird_LAIKA

Alice Bird

Rita Street

Rita Street

Jan Nagel

Jan Nagel

Arianne Sutner  LAIKA

Arianne Sutner

Deborah Cook  LAIKA

Deborah Cook

Georgina Hayns  LAIKA

Georgina Hayes

Jocelyn Pascall_LAIKA

Jocelyn Pascall

Shadi Petosky

Shadi Petosky

Mindy Johnson

Mindy Johnson

Danielle Gillis

Danielle Gillis

Linda Simensky

Linda Simensky

Nancy Beiman

Nancy Beiman

Lisa Goldman

Lisa Goldman

Tracey Miller-Zarneke

Tracey Miller-Zarneke

Kim Arndt

Kim Arndt

Havana Nguyen

Havana Nguyen

Annalee Orr

Annalee Orr

02

THE FACTS

  • Women make up 60% of the college level animation student body, but they only occupy 23% of the creative leadership roles in the animation world.

  • 10% of women are producers/directors in animated films, while 17% are writers, 21% are in art/design, and 23% are animators.
    (source: womeninanimation.org)

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