April 22, 2019

Pixar’s SparkShorts Set Out To Ignite More Diversity in Animation

By Megan Schellong

It’s difficult to become a director if you’re a woman or a person of color in Hollywood. It’s even more difficult to become a director in animation. Between 2010 and 2017, only one major animation release — across Disney, Dreamworks, Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox — has been directed solely by women: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. That statistic comes from Cartoon Brew, an independently-owned animation news site that tracked 104 animation releases. This year, Pixar has launched SparkShorts, a series of short animated films designed to give women and people of color more leadership opportunities in animation. The first three films were released in February on YouTube.