A year after Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck took home the big prize for their feminist fairy tale, the animation field is once again dominated by boys and men — both on and off screen. None of the four cartoon features identified as the most likely winners by Anne Thompson have a female protagonist. Say it with me now: SIIIIIIIGH. Not surprisingly, they’re also four of this year’s biggest-budgeted studio outputs.
In contrast, the four women-directed movies of the 20 that made the animation Oscar shortlist are either children-only fluff or art-house fare:
“The Hero of Color City” – Becky Bristow
“The Bigger Picture” – Daisy Jacobs
“Me and My Moulton” – Torill Kove
“Symphony No. 42” – Réka Bucsi