Sunday, October 20, 2013

Disney can't figure out how to depict lady emotions.

By Anči

I don't know why this story surprised me: Maybe I just wasn't expecting Disney to cop to this type of nonsense, after being called out time and time again for sexism. But it seems like the head animator of the upcoming "Frozen" flick,  Lino Di Salvo,  did in fact, state the following:
"Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they're very, very- you have to keep them pretty and they're very sensitive too-- you can get them off a model very quickly."

Hang on, did everyone catch that? It's really hard to draw expressive lady characters, because you have to keep them pretty tooo??
Um, except isn't that this guy's job? If DiSalvo can't handle something as basic as drawing emotions, maybe he's not the right person for the head animating position? (They could hire a woman instead--  cause a lady might be more familiar with the way women's emotions work, and all.)

Also, I loved the way DiSalvo backs up his charge with the un-ironic use of "historically speaking." (As in, "Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult.")

Yes sir,  historically speaking, the most powerful corporations in the world have to respect outdated industry standards. Because that's what it says in the bible.  It's not like Disney has the power to change the cultural norms they put in place themselves.

 And it gets better:
Our heroic head animator was also quoted explaining: "So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they're echoing the same expression."(Huh? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt, and assume he was chewing on a day-old rump steak, while "articulating" this bit)

But see how cleverly DiSalvo maneuvered that excuse in there? "having a film with two hero female characters was really tough" means 'It's a really big deal to doodle more than one cartoon babe at a time... so, it's not our fault we give more screen time to male characters.'

Message received, and subsequently filed, under "bullshit [coma] disney [subheading] lesbians [category] sharkfood

We have a very complicated filing system.

Anyway, the problems with this project don't end there: It seems that the original title of the picture (recently re-christened  "Frozen,") was "The Snow Queen." This might not be so objectionable, if it weren't based on the beloved fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, and if it weren't the second time Disney pulled a gender-swapping stunt like this. You may recall, they did the same thing with their movie "Rapunzel" which was unceremoniously rebranded "Tangled," before morphing into a story about a bumbling prince. (With the Rapunzel character relegated to mere love interest status.)
That's what happens when you hijack my movie.

Over and over again, female dominated films get served with a manly overhaul, in an industry where girls are already woefully underrepresented. This in turn, makes for a public accustomed to the idea that women aren't interesting, and that they don't deserve to have their stories told.

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