Friday, May 16, 2008
Lillian Friedman - Rejected from Disney
Apparently, Lillian Friedman had applied to Disney and was rejected based on the fact that she was female. There has always (and maybe will always be) a very conservative and rigid undertone in anything and everything produced by Disney in terms of sociological American norms of the time period. Not so with Fleischer Studios. Many of the Fleischer animations are spur of the moment concepts, and are not rigidly based. The animators had more liberal freedom in terms of applying their own humor and animated concepts to any given story. I think that the given differences and comparisons between the two studios can justly and accurately explain why, in the 1930's, Friedman would have been a hired animator at Fleischer Studios and not at Disney.