A. Woods has a B.A. in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon. She has taken additional classes at the Academy of Art and the Kubert School Correspondence Course. The Animated Forest is a place where she blogs about animation and social censorship.
Cartoon Closet: Blog Serial about the changing representation of same-sex desire in American child targeted animation.

The Pink Ghetto: Studies and writing about gender representation in child targeted animation.

Home: All animation writing, reviews, links and sometimes even random doodles.

Mirror site for updating of articles and new posts Cartoon Trek


"ParaNorman’s Mitch: The First Family-Friendly Gay Animated Character"published in AWN: Animation World Magazine. May 15th, 2013.

"Zootopia's Judy Hopps: A Unique Female Protagonist in a World of Animated Men" published in AWN, June 8th, 2016.

Research Cited/Referenced in Other's Work:

"Cartoon Closet Part 2: They Totally Exist (but not officially)cited in the New York Times article: Scholar Finds Flaws in Work by Archenemy of Comicsby Dave Itzkoff. February 19th 2013.

"Fact Check: Only 13 Female Protagonists" cited in French artist Mirion Malle's comic: l'imporance de la representation dans les medias. July 21st, 2014.

Fact Check: Only 13 Female Protagonists in Screen Education magazine Issue #81, article: Not just a Barbie girl: Miss Representation and objectification in the media by Jasmine Crittenden. April, 2016.

"Male Duo: Jumba and Pleakley (part the second)" cited in Avery Delany's YouTube video: Queer Coding in Disney. September 24th, 2017.

"Double Coded and Gay Coded Characters" cited in the aplus article: The Erasure Of LGBTQ Characters In Children's Media Goes Beyond Bert And Ernie, by Jill O'Rourke. October 11th, 2018.

"Double Coded and Gay Coded Characters" cited in the book: Perspectives on Play: Learning for Life, 3rd Edition, by Avril Block, Pam Jarvis, and Yinka Olusoga. December 6th, 2018.


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