When it comes to animated movies, there are very few major players. The most well known, of course, is Disney. The next two (in no particular order) are Dreamworks and Pixar (which is owned by Disney).
Walt Disney has never shied away from having female lead characters. Their very first full-length animated movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Over the intervening years, they also produced Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and many others. Of more recent vintage, there are Disney movies where the main character is not only a female, but also a strong character. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan and even Lilo and Stitch all had very strong female main characters.
Pixar, on the other hand, is very light on strong, female lead characters. In some movies (Toy Story, Bug's Life, Cars) there are no strong female characters at all. In Finding Nemo, Dory is important, but not because she's a female -- her character could just as easily have been male. The same goes for Boo in Monsters, Inc. Collette's character in Ratatoullie is a minor one. I'm not quite sure how female Eve is in WALL-E.
Pixar does get points for Elastigirl (and, to a lesser extent Violet) in The Incredibles and Jesse in Toy Story 2. However, that's about it. Pixar, up to this point, has been more or less completely male dominated, which makes me wonder -- are they doing it for tznius reasons? Is there a "frum" element at work at Pixar? Have the chareidim infiltrated Pixar headquarters?
Hat tip: Vast Public Indifference (not a J-blogger)