The Queens of Animation

The Queens of Animation Review

In this history, the author highlights Disney's largely forgotten female writers and animators. Animation aficionados may know of the studio's largely female-staffed Ink and Paint department, but the contributions discussed here embraced many other areas. Grace Huntington was the second woman ever hired for Disney's story department, as well as an avid, record-setting pilot. Artist Sylvia Moberly-Holland supervised key Fantasia and Bambi sequences, while designer Mary Blair masterminded Cinderella's mid-century modern aesthetic, and was later asked personally by Walt Disney to oversee Disneyland's "It's a Small World After All" ride.

Despite demonstrating their immense talents, Holt's subjects faced continual workplace slights and hostilities, from sexual harassment to the denial of credit for their accomplishments. While restoring these women to their rightful place in history, the author also covers the evolution of Disney's animated features, such as how the studio continually integrated new technological innovations, including the multiplane camera, stop-motion animation, Technicolor, and many others. Going up to the present to highlight how women have continued to play key roles in making films like Brave and Frozen.

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  • Julie

    The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt is a 2019 Little Brown publication.Although it is long overdue, it is still nice to see the women who worked on many of the classic Disney films we all know, a...

  • da AL

    Bravo to the heretofore unsung women of Disney and to Nathalia Holt for unearthing their history. As much as I loathe the whole Cinderella scenario, merchandising adding injury to injury, the addictiv...

  • TL

    This was so fascinating to me. I don't know about youins but I never paid attention to the credits in movies *sheepish* and never thought about the people who worked on my favorite characters until I ...

  • Kristina

    I received The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt as a Goodreads Giveaway. I’m very grateful for this ...

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    I was interested in the biography aspects of lesser known employees at Walt Disney Studio in the early years. But what we have here is a book with an agenda so thick, that this isn't a biography so mu...

  • Jackie

    Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.“The rise of women in the workplace, no matter what side of the world it occurred on, was frightening to some men, ...

  • MCZ Reads

    Thank you to Goodreads for my copy of this book!I really enjoyed The Queens of Animation... but not for the reasons I thought I would. This book is rich with Disney history and the evolution of animat...

  • Edes

    This book should have been called The History of Animation at Disney. I had issues with several things.The author would briefly introduce a female animator, give a sentence or two about her, then proc...

  • Andrea

    Pre-reading: Hoping there would be something about Mary Blair.After reading: And so there was plenty about Mary Blair. I had no idea that her lively, colorful, emotionally-rich art was created amidst ...

  • Nancy

    It was the 1956 rerelease of Fantasia that rocked my world. I was four years old and Mom took me to a Buffalo, NY theater to see my first movie. The images and the music made a lasting impression, dri...