Dr. Casey Lawrence
1 min readFeb 18, 2022

Oh absolutely! Female animators have always been an important part of the industry, but they weren't in commonly visible positions or positions of power until very recently. When Disney was still doing celluloid, they had women try using real makeup (blush and lipstick) to individually rouge the cheeks of Snow White in every frame; that was a solution that was 100% proposed and implemented by a woman. Now it didn't work (it's a common misconception / urban legend that all the Snow White cells were rouged in real blush), I think they ended up going with alcohol ink because it would diffuse into the cell to give that blended, soft look, but it was one of those urban legends based on fact, because it was attempted. But it's just like knowing that gay people and Jewish people have been a huge part of the behind-the-scenes in Hollywood since the beginning--and yet "movie bros" being very angry when gay and Jewish people began telling their own stories in trad film, or in comic books ("comic book bros" are the worst!). It's the homophobia and anti-Semitism raising it's head, just like the racism and misogyny currently being seen in animation discourse... those biases are a deeply-imbedded part of this "animation bro" culture, but they haven't had to publicly air those feelings because the object of their hatred wasn't highly visible and they could get away with thinking that animation was a white-straight-male only thing, when it never was!

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Dr. Casey Lawrence

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.