Lately, there has been a lot of talk about diversity in the comics industry, DC comics in particular. While steps have been taken to make things more even for everyone, sometimes it feels like it's baby steps to get there. More can be done and there's plenty of side-eye for ALL media industries that don't try harder to be more inclusive. For example, the tv animation industry: steps made but they are baby steps.
So, being partially influenced by the Nostalgia Chick's video about The Smurfette Principle , I'm making a list of
2)that have girls
3)who are MAIN characters.(By this, I mean they have to have something going on in their lives that aren't all about the main character guy and they MUST have top billing. ~ripping off the Bechdell-Wallace test/measure at the speed of light~ For ensemble shows, you've got to be able to say that the show is just as much about "her" as it is about "him")
Now the temporary limitations are that I'm focusing on shows that
4) have appeared on US schedules
5) have been recently featured on the networks of the three major media companies: Time Warner, Disney, and Paramount.
I also wrote down my thoughts of each list. Since those thoughts are subjective(heh), YMMV.
TIME WARNER Cartoon Network/Boomerang/Adult Swim etc:
- The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969-1970, reruns) Boomerang
- Josie and the Pussycats (September 12, 1970 – January 2, 1971, reruns) Boomerang
- Josie and the Pussycats In Outer Space (September 9, 1972 - December 30, 1972)
- The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show (September 11, 1971 – September 2, 1972, reran)
- Cow and Chicken (July 15, 1997 – July 24, 1999)
- Powerpuff Girls (November 18, 1998 – March 25, 2005)
- Mike, Lu, and Og (November 12, 1999– August 18, 2000)
- The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (June 13, 2003 – October 12, 2008)
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (November 19, 2004 – June 27, 2006)
- The Life and Times of Juniper Lee (May 30, 2005 – April 9, 2007)
- Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil (October 30, 2005 (pilot) September 9, 2007 – November 11, 2007) [Adult Swim]
- Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge (pilot March 29, 2010) [Adult Swim]
- Tiny Toon Adventures (1999–2001)
- Animaniacs (1997- 2001)
- Sailor Moon (1998) Toonami
- Cardcaptors (2001) Toonami
- Totally Spies (2004-2007) Miguzi
- Winx Club (2004-2007) Miguzi
There are a few steps outside of the regular friendship-oriented girls shows. They focus on comedy and/or action. If only there were more. CN has the least amount of female POV shows out of the main three. It seems to gear toward boys more so than girls as of late.
DISNEY Disney Channel/ToonDisney/XD/ABC etc:
- The Little Mermaid[TV] (September 11, 1992 – November 26, 1994, reruns)
- Pepper Ann (September 13, 1997 – November 30, 2001, reran on ToonDisney)
- PB&J Otter, (March 15, 1998 – September 24, 2000, reruns from 2000 to 2005) Playhouse Disney
- Angela Anaconda (2001-2002) ABC Family (Fox Family Channel prior. 1999-2001 Oddly, it was a hit before Disney/ABC took over )
- The Proud Family (September 15, 2001 – August 19, 2005)
- Kim Possible (June 7, 2002 – September 7, 2007)
- Lilo and Stitch: The Series (September 20, 2003 – July 29, 2006)
- Brandy and Mr. Whiskers (August 21, 2004 – August 25, 2006)
- W.I.T.C.H. (December 18, 2004 – December 23, 2006) Jetix
- The Buzz on Maggie (June 17, 2005 – May 27, 2006)
- The Replacements (July 28, 2006 – March 30, 2009)
- Ōban Star-Racers (June 5, 2006 - December 11, 2006) Jetix
- Monster Busters Club (June 3, 2008 - November 14, 2009) Jetix
- Sabrina, the Animated Series (1999) [Disney no longer owns DIC Entertainment ]
- Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (2001) [Disney no longer owns DIC Entertainment ]
- Pucca (2006–2009) Jetix
Disney does a lot better, but not by much. Rather than depend on their Princess or Fairy properties, they...don't. This could be seen as a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that the network wouldn't be oversaturated with either property, save for the movies. On the other hand, well, girls' parents do buy these toys so why no shows for them? The Disney Channel has quite a few live action shows with a female POV, you know, because girls stop watching cartoons around pre-teen years. Or perhaps that is what is believed. Disney XD--formally Disney's answer to Boomerang, Toon Disney--is now the boy-centric channel. So it seems that boys get their own channel and girls get the share theirs with younger children.
PARAMOUNT Nick/Nicktoons/Nick Jr./Teen Nick/Noogin/MTV etc:
- Aeon Flux (September 1991 – October 10, 1995)MTV (reran 2009)MTV2
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (October 29, 1994 – December 6, 1997)
- KaBlam! (October 7, 1996 – January 22, 2000)
- (Life With Loopyl)
- (The Off-Beatsl)
- Angela Anaconda (1996, reruns 2004)
- Daria (March 3, 1997 – January 21, 2002) MTV (reruns)The N/TeeNick, Logo
- The Wild Thornberrys (September 1, 1998 – June 11, 2004)
- Dora the Explorer (August 14, 2000 – present) Nick Jr.
- As Told by Ginger (October 25, 2000 – November 28, 2003)
- Max and Ruby (October 21, 2002 – May 1, 2010) Nick Jr.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot (August 1, 2003 – March 30, 2007)
- Pinky Dinky Doo (April 11, 2005 – 2009) Nick Jr.
- Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze (July 24, 2005 – December 7, 2008)
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (February 7, 2008 – present) Nick Jr.
- The Mighty B! (April 26, 2008 – June 18, 2011) Nicktoons Network
- Making Fiends (October 4, 2008 – November 1, 2008) Nicktoons Network
- Olivia (January 26, 2009 – present) Nick Jr.
- Avatar: The Legend of Korra (coming soon 2011-2012)
-Tiny Toon Adventures (1995-2002)
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (June 15, 2000 – 2006 ) Nick Jr.
- Maisy ( April 1, 2002 - November 2007) Nick Jr.
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, (September 7, 2004 – present) Nick Jr.
- Winx Club (coming 2011)
- Animaniacs (2001)
Paramount has the most out of the big three. The genres are varied, however, a fair amount of them come from the Nick Jr./Noogin side of the network. Nick, like Disney, depend on their live action shows to pick up the slack.
If I've missed some, don't hesitate to let me know so I can add it to the list! Tallies will be up soon, but I think I've made my point: MOAR GIRL P.O.V. CARTOON SHOWS PLEASE.
Hopefully, I can get to women within the animation industry next, but I want to cover the slightly smaller media companies next.
EDITING PARTY P.S.: Rich text sucks, mang.