CFP Representation June Theme

(Deadline Friday 27th May 2016)

This month’s theme looks at all forms of representation in and through animation. With continuing discussion in the press of the amount of dialogue per gender in Disney films, queer characters and industrial practices of discrimination, the blog seeks posts which consider all issues of representation. Animation can present characters in non-figurative and non-realistic ways, so why do certain character styles dominate? What are some of the best examples in animation (or best practices in industry) which make visible multiple races, abilities and sexualities? Can and should animation challenge dominant tropes? What happens when animation is adapted into live action and characters are ‘whitewashed’?


Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Gender/sex in mainstream animation.
  • Animating ‘the other’ – non white characters in animation.
  • Challenges in the workplace
  • Tokenism in animation
  • Stereotypes and performance
  • Positive representation


Posts of between 300 and 500 words, which discuss any aspect of the above topic are welcome. Contributors are encouraged to include clips and images to support their posts. Please also include a short bio to accompany the post. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. Please contact the editor with submissions or questions.