Disney movies often seem to lack more than 1 or 2 female character in their main casts, but why? In an interview by Jenna Busch with Lino Disalvo, head of animation on on Disney’s new musical film Frozen, it’s because women are too dern emotional. And because they need to stay cute, which makes having feelings less possible:
“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 to — you can get them off a model very quickly. 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; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna (Kristen Bell) being angry.”
Well, that explains why The Little Mermaid was so popular. I’m surprised Disney didn’t just add the “girl loses her voice” twist to every movie so they wouldn’t have to animate her speaking.
Frozen features Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel as the two female leads out of seven (apparent) main characters. But despite how “different” Disalvo claims these women need to look in order to exist in Disney’s multiverse, Tumblr blogger Moopflop points out that these female characters still look suspiciously similar:
Uh, yeah. The writer also commented on the Disalvo’s quote itself:
So that’s their (blatantly misogynistic) excuse for scrapping all but two of the female characters; that they’re too hard to animate? Those emotional female characters, they’re all the same, right? Here’s a hint: their “femaleness” isn’t what’s making them indistinguishable.
It’s so funny how only white people exist in an imaginary world! No, but really — wouldn’t it be nice if the act of creating a fantasy meant filmmakers, television producers and other creators didn’t abide by the same BS ones in our own society?
Unfortunately, his logic also doesn’t explain why there aren’t more female animal characters given that the human faces appear to be the animators’ issue, or do talking female bunnies look decidedly less cute when personified than the males?