Loren Bouchard, creator of Bob’s Burgers (Fox) and co-creator of Central Park (Apple TV+), addressed the subject of female representation in animation in a panel at Comic-Con at Home.
What did Bouchard say? He acknowledged the “very healthy conversation going on about representation in animation,” adding, “every part of it is good, even the awkward ones, and I’ve been enjoying it in a way because you get better at being in the world” by participating in it. He said that Bento Box Entertainment, which animates his shows, “tries to do good” but isn’t doing “enough.”
What is it doing? Bouchard noted that 31% of the studio’s staff are women, as are five of the 11 writers on Bob’s Burgers. Nora Smith, co-creator of Central Park and executive producer of Bob’s Burgers, said of the latter show, “Every female character we have, we try to make them as funny as possible.”