Two important women in animation passed away recently:
Shirley Silvey died on July 17 in Fresno, California. When she started working in the mid-1950s, she represented new breed of woman animation artist who were allowed the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Unlike the earlier days when women in animation faced a nearly overwhelming uphill battle at a disadvantage to the men, Silvey was hired at UPA in the creative role of designer on the The Boing Boing Show where she designed cartoons like The King and Joe. She was one of two layout artists working under Bob Dranko on the UPA feature 1001 Arabian nights.
She worked at studios including Churchill-Wexler, TV Spots, Warner Bros. and, most importantly, Jay Ward Productions. She worked for fifteen years at the latter studio. Silvey said once in an interview that, along with Roy Morita, she drew 366 storyboards for Rocky and Bullwinkle, as well as all 104 episodes of Hoppity Hooper and countless episodes of Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle and Fractured Fairy Tales. There’s a nice interview about her career at this website. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and brother, David Jonas, who is also an animation artist.