Recently Disney Television Animation and Women in Animation presented a screening of Disney XD’s new show Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
Star and her creator, Daron Nefcy, have recently been drawing a lot of attention. Nefcy has been named one of Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 as well as one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch. Her show has also been picked up for a second season before even airing. (If that’s not a good sign, we don’t know what is.)
At only 29 years old, Nefcy has become the second woman to create a Disney Television Animation series, the first being Sue Rose who created Pepper Ann in 1997. Historically, men have dominated the animation space, but the tides are beginning to change. At CalArts 52.5% of the students are female, and it’s been estimated that the percentage of women in the animation program is even higher than that! Maija Burnett, Director of the Character Animation Program at CalArts, remembers looking out into the crowd of new students and asking herself, “Where are the boys?” Brooke Keesling, the Director of Animation Talent Development at Disney Television Animation, thinks that animation is finally becoming “cool.” Thanks to social platforms like Tumblr, people who don’t live in animation hot spots like Los Angeles are aware that it’s actually a profession they could pursue.
Daren Nefcy is proving that you really can have a career in animation with her show Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Nefcy first sketched Princess Star Butterfly when she was a student at CalArts, and the character is finally coming to life. Star, as you’ll soon find out, isn’t your typical perfect princess (despite her parent’s wishes). She’s willful, fierce, and just a little … off. At 14 she’s given the royal magic wand and destroys her kingdom. (Oops.) Instead of being sent to St. Olga’s Reform School for Wayward Princesses, she’s sent to Earth! Watch the trailer below and say “hello” to Star:
Watch Star vs. the Forces of Evil March 30 at 8/7c on Disney XD.