Canadian kids’ animation is becoming more racially diverse, according to a new report on representation in the medium. However, the researchers add that progress still needs to be made when it comes to gender, disability, and some racial groups.
The authors of “Examining Children’s Animated Television in Canada (2018/2019)” classified 121 main characters from 27 animated kids’ series with a Canadian producer. The shows are a recent sample: they all aired in Canada over the past few years. They include the BBC’s Kiri and Lou, Netflix’s Cupcake & Dino: General Services, and JAM Media’s Becca’s Bunch.
The study, from the Children’s Media Lab at Toronto’s Ryerson University, is a follow-up to “The Landscape of Children’s Television in the US & Canada,” a report that considered some of the same issues in kids’ shows (animated and otherwise) that aired in the two countries in 2017 and before.