Walt Disney Family Museum Announces “Women in Animation” Panel and Brittney Lee Workshop

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will host a “Women in Animation” panel discussion that will occur alongside their upcoming art exhibition “MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: The World of Mary Blair”. Panelists consist of story artist Jenny Lerew (How to Train Your Dragon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman), who will moderate the discussion, director Brenda Chapman (Brave, The Prince of Egypt), and visual development artists Lorelay Bove (Princess and the Frog, Wreck-It Ralph) and Claire Keane (Tangled, Frozen).

Topics that will be discussed: “How they have found success working in a male-dominated industry, their personal struggles and triumphs, their thoughts about the career and influence of artist Mary Blair, and the future of women in animation.” The event will take place on Saturday, March 15th, beginning at 11am. Later that same afternoon, the museum will host a paper-sculpting workshop with visual development artist Brittney Lee (Paperman, Frozen). Tickets to each program can be purchased individually on the museum website. [UPDATE: The Brittney Lee workshop is sold out.]


  • canimal

    It would be nice if women didn’t have to wait for specific panels like this to get a little recognition, but I approve of anything that showcases the talented ladies in this industry for a change. Would love to be able to go.

  • Josh

    I wish there was some woman animators on your “Woman in Animation” panel. I think there is far to much emphasis place on visual development and there is some great female Animators/Actors out there.

    • bob

      there are a lot of women in animation… every department is very important. Not just story, animation and design, but these things always emphasize viz dev people, which is a small department anyway.

      • Josh

        Agreed. Viz dev is a very small department especially compared to the animation staffs of most feature film companies and yet women animators are never represented in these panels. I would even argue that these woman have more of a creative impact on the movie you see on the screen and yet “Women in Animation” means Directors, Producers, Story and VisDev. There are a lot of very talented women in the animation departments of these companies. I would love to hear from these voices as well.

    • Barrett

      Would have been cool if they’d invited Rebecca Sugar to participate, but I suppose TV animation is “less equal” in the animation world, even if it’s a panel about women in animation and Sugar is an actual animator and not a viz-dev artist.

  • George Comerci

    Yes! I love Brittney Lee! I would love to go to this!

  • EscoDingo

    I hope these get recorded somehow! Would have loved to attend. I’ve been inspired by all of these artists at some point. The Brittney Lee panel sounds especially interesting!