March 1, 2023
AFI Alum Mindy Johnson Restores Legacy of Early Animator Bessie Mae Kelley
Bessie Mae Kelley's vaudeville circular promotional photograph. Courtesy of Manitou Productions. While the work of early male animators, including Max and Dave Fleischer (BETTY BOOP) and Walter Lantz (WOODY WOODPECKER), has been historically well-documented, the essential contributions of early women animators have often been overlooked, minimized or erased over the years. In honor of Women’s...
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