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  1. A History of Women in Animation Part Two: Working Mothers of a Medium

    History of Women in Animation Part Two!

    Last time, we looked at the first women to shove their way into the animation industry (and you can read more in depth information on them Read More

  2. Dreamworks Animation is Proud of Having an 85% Female Group of Producers

    i'll just leave this here

    The Hollywoord Reporter has a short article up online today (originally appearing in the magazine's December issue), which reveals that Dreamworks Animation may be the only big Hollywood company out there to have more women in significant positions of power than men. Which makes some amount of sense for the company that backed the only big-budget animated film in history so far to be directed by a lone woman, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's Kung Fu Panda 2.

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  3. The Annie Awards Honor Jennifer Yuh Nelson As Best Director, Politely Acknowledges Tintin

    Almost Totally Excellent

    The woman who was named Hollywood's highest grossing female director, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, can add another honor-notch to her belt: She was named Best Director at last week's Annie Awards, which honors achievements in animated films. Rango won Best Picture, and if you thought that this is where The Adventures of Tintin would catch a break ... you were mostly right.

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  4. The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Will Track, Then Try to Change the Small Numbers of Female Filmmakers

    Mutatis Mutandis

    We're sure that you're well aware of the paltry numbers concerning the presence of women in film. Not actors -- directors, writers, producers, etc. The people behind the scenes who call the shots. It's been great to hear about recent successes -- like Kathryn Bigelow winning an Oscar for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and Jennifer Yuh Nelson becoming the world's highest grossing director -- but it's more frustrating to hear about the missed opportunities -- like Patty Jenkins being replaced as the director of Thor 2 or Brenda Chapman being taken off Brave. But why are the successes so few and far between? The Sundance Film Festival, taking place in the snowy mountains of Utah as we speak, is hoping to change this. Along with Women In Film, the Sundance Institute has pledged to start tracking the progress of female filmmakers, then use that information to increase the parity between men and women in the film industry. Because seriously, it shouldn't be that shocking to find out that women can direct a great movie -- they do it all the time.

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  5. Jennifer Yuh Nelson Is the World’s Top Grossing Female Director, All-Around Groundbreaker

    million dollar lady

    After making $645 million worldwide, Kung Fu Panda 2 has become the highest-grossing movie to be directed by a woman. That woman, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, surpassed her predecessor Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), and is also the first woman to ever direct an animated feature for a major studio by herself. It's a great story about a woman who dreamed of a career in animation, pursued a career in animation, and now finds herself one of the most successful women in animation. Even better when just under a year ago, Brenda Chapman was fired from Brave, and people were wondering if any animation studio would ever let a woman direct a full-length feature. So, finally, we can say yes.

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