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The Academy Spotlights Female Animators With “An Invisible History: Women In Animation”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the women who have been at the forefront of film animation with “An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation,” on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by author and historian Mindy Johnson, the evening will feature panelists Gretchen Albrecht (Robin Hood); Jane Baer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?); Lorna Cook, the lead character animator on “The Lion King;” Eleanor Dahlen (Sleeping Beauty); Jun Falkenstein (Despicable Me); Virginia Fleener, animator at Disney Studios during WWII; Carole Holliday (Prince of Egypt); Patty Peraza (Beauty and the Beast), the first credited female effects animator at Disney Features; and Tina Price (Fantasia 2000), the first female “Head of Computer Animation” at Walt Disney.

From the earliest pioneers of hand-rendered animated films, to the advent of digital technology, women have been at the forefront of the animation medium, yet their extraordinary contributions have largely gone unrecognized. Join Mindy Johnson, author of the landmark volume Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, along with a stellar panel of trailblazing artists, as they raise the celluloid curtain on the remarkable history of women in animation.

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