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Retta Scott 

By: Kezia Mathew

I picked Retta Scott because she was a female animator, which is remarkable for her time. She also was the first women to earn screen credit at the Walt Disney Studios.

Retta Scott:

At Disney’s studio, women were only considered good enough for such routine duties as ink and paint work. It wasn’t until 1938 that Retta Scott became the first woman to receive a Disney screen credit for her work on Bambi. Even though women do work in all branches of the industry now, Hollywood still has a glass ceiling that is very hard for women to break through, and very few women ever get the opportunity to direct an animated feature.This is why I think Retta Scott is an animation pioneer.


  • Born in Omak, Washington, on February 23, 1916
  • Retta graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 1934. 
  • Attened Chouinard Art Institute on a scholarship.


Though Retta Scott’s career at Disney was brief ,1938-1941, 1942-1946, she left an incredible mark as the Studio’s first woman animator, receiving screen credit on the 1942 classic Bambi. 


Chouinard Art Institute

As Bambi former supervising animator Frank Thomas recalled, “Retta had an astounding ability to draw powerful animals. She seemed to have a keen understanding of their moods and attitudes.” Animating was a significant for her, since at the 1930s-era Disney studio, women were considered only for small tasks.

After Bambi, Retta worked on Dumbo and other filmes. She was laid off at Disney due to a slow of buisness. Retta returned to Disney’s Story department in 1942, when the Studio was making military training films during World War II.

Four years later, she resigned from Disney to moved with her husband, a United States Naval officer.

She continued to contribute to Disney as a freelance artist, illustrating the Big Golden Book of Cinderella and Cinderella Puppet Show, published in 1950.




She animated many films such as: The Plague Dogs(1982), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad(1942), The Wind in the WillowsTuberculosis(1955), and Fantasia(1940).