Here’s one for Mother’s Day. Interesting. Posting it fast, but hope to comment here–or perhaps in “old media” soon…. Your thoughts?
Posts Tagged Pixar
Pixar is all but putting up signs saying, ”EVEN THOUGH BRAVE IS ABOUT A GIRL BOYS AND MEN WILL LIKE IT! WE’VE GOT DICK AND BUTT AND FART AND VAGUELY HOMOPHOBIC JOKES! SEE?NO COOTIES HERE, GUYS, NO SIRREE! YOU CAN SEE THIS AND STILL BE A MAN!” What a bunch of cowards. This new trailer is clearly pandering to a male audience that may have qualms about a “princess” movie. Funny, yes, but I certainly don’t recall any equivalent assurances to women in campaigns for their previous twelve features, even when there were no female characters involved. Or was there a major aimed-at-the-ladies campaign before the original Toy Story that I missed? I thought not. I’ve blogged about Pixar’s atrocious record on female characters before (actually multiple times). And in Cinderella Ate My Daughter I wrote: I cannot help but feel, after waiting patiently–and sometimes not so patiently–through twelve genre-busting films about male [...]
Have you seen the new Kia Motors ad that promotes not only their cars’ dual climate control but, whaddaya know, also promotes pedophilia and sexualization of girls? It won a prestigious Silver Press Lion award in Cannes. According to the Huffington Post: The ad features a teacher lusting after his elementary school-aged student. On one side of the page, she appears as a young girl. On the other side, though, she becomes a scantily clad, buxom teen, seemingly as a product of the teacher’s imagination. It’s clearly designed to shock, and is succeeding. The advertising blog Copyranter called it “one of the sleaziest car ads ever,” and noted that it doesn’t even visualize the benefits of dual climate control very well. I say, arretez-vous, Kia in any language! Here’s the ad Here’s where you can tell Kia what you think–a petition by the wonder women and girls at SPARK, They’re trying [...]
Getting over-excited about all the fab comments on my last post re: why bringing up Jessie in Toy Story is not an adequate comeback for “why hasn’t Pixar made any movies about women?” Thank you guys for such a wonderful conversation. One commenter (in fact the one who inspired the post–so double thank you!) asked about the idea that boys won’t watch movies about girls. And added it’s not like 5 year old boys are taking themselves to the movies (though they do have OPINIONS, believe me). But yes, conventional Hollywood wisdom is that boys won’t watch girl protagonists. And every time a movie about a woman or girl fails or under-performs at the box office that is reinforcement. While if a movie about a woman succeeds it tends to be regarded as a fluke. Going to movies with female leads becomes a sort of political statement–hence the hubbub around [...]
Awhile ago I posted some art for Pixar’s upcoming film Brave, its first with a female protagonist. And, naturally, I pointed out that Pixar has seemed almost perversely incapable of creating a female protagonist and how utterly offensive that is since they’ve made films about Anyway, among the comments someone inevitably asked “What about Jessie? What about Sally in Cars?” I started to answer and then realized this deserved its own entire post. So here goes. Let me begin with this: if a studio as innovative as Pixar made 12–that’s TWELVE– films with female protagonists and a few had perhaps 1 or 2 strong tertiary characters were who were male and maybe 1 in 10 male characters with ANY speaking parts at ALL wouldn’t you think that was a teensy-weensy bit disproportionate, minimally a failure of imagination and maximally openly hostile in its dismissal of boys and men? Would [...]