Joining Mindy Johnson to discuss her book Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation were two “Golden Age” Walt Disney animators, among several of the author’s special guests at the November 29th Friends’ event.

Mindy Johnson spoke for more than an hour, keeping the audience engaged with her well-researched and fascinating history. Her slides traced the role of women animators beginning in 1915 in France, with extensive coverage of the Disney years starting in 1923 and continuing into the 1980s. Among clips she showed were Mickey Mouse’s first cartoon, “Plane Crazy,” “Fantasia” in 1940, and “101 Dalmatians.”

This was a great program, attended by an audience of all ages including stuents, numbering close to 100. Several had books signed by the author afterwards. Our thanks to Mindy Johnson and her guests for presenting her book at this Friends program!

Crowd for Friends program on Ink & Paint – author’s history of women in Disney animation