Bechdel test for animation

from the "Dykes to Watch Out For" series, Alison Bechdel
It may have been invented as a joke, as well as a comment on contemporary cinema, but the Bechdel test is now a respectable metric of film industry's consistent tendency to default to the male. Briefly, the test - if you don't know it - asks Does the film have at least two women, do they communicate with each other, about something other than a man. It's a small test, and there are other things we could compare female vs male characters - number of speaking (or main) characters, % of screen time, % of dialogue, how well developed and visually differentiated are the characters. Big mainstream animations seem to be following the live action pattern - with some exceptions - of creating characters which are only female if their gender is a key issue. Ho Hum.

People are beginning to notice, to research it, and to publish their analyses, which is good... e.g. www.washingtonpost.com/. But meanwhile, I'm going to do an inventory of male and female roles in my own animations, and apply some of these tests

so, a quick survey of past animations: for comparison
Films with male protagonists 13
Films with female protagonists16
Protagonists with no (apparent) gender3
Films with NO women in8
Films with NO men in10
Total main characters (female)29
Total main characters (male)29
Films that wouldn't pass the bechdel test? if you discount those which have only one character or only characters without identifiable gender15
Films that would pass the bechdel test5
seems there is still work to be done then!

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