For those of you still feeling sedentary after the holidays or just looking for some weekend inspiration, listen to these two interviews with Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar. They each have accomplished an important first in animation: Lotte Reiniger was the first woman to direct an animated feature, and Rebecca Sugar was the first solo woman creator of a TV series at Cartoon Network. These milestones are separated by 87 years, which says a lot about both how far animation has come and how far it still has to go.
A fun online find: early theater and movie advertisements drawn by Disney animation legend Milt Kahl.
Happy birthday to the animation world’s favorite badass, Ralph Bakshi, who turns 75 today.
Animation legend Don Lusk, who animated on nearly every Disney classic between “Snow White” and “101 Dalmatians,” turns 100 today.