I love Pixar films. I have complete and unfettered adoration of every single film, long or short. I think they’re brilliant, absolutely original and always creative. They make me laugh out loud and cry like a baby and, as cheesy as it may sound, inspire me to be a better person.
However. Is it so much to ask to have a female protagonist in a Pixar film?
This is not to say that Pixar depicts female characters in a negative light, and/or neglects to feature them at all. It’s quite the contrary, in fact. The female characters in Pixar movies are confident, intelligent, witty, and undoubtedly play a central role in the films – and can most definitely be considered as positive role models.
But having said that, it’s difficult to justify Pixar’s film catalog once you realize that never, not once, has an illustrious Pixar journey been conquered by a female as the main character. Inherently, this is remarkably irresponsible and completely disappointing.
Although, as Sociological Images points out: “. . . this is Pixar’s ‘first fairy tale.’ So apparently though we get a female lead here, she’s of the spunky-princess type often found in fairy tales.”
Good point. The topic of the Pixar gender imbalance is not new – perhaps this new film is not based on the company’s organic story process, and instead on Pixar bending to criticism? Hopefully not, but it’s impossible to tell.
I’d be interested in finding out more in regards to a gendered profile of Pixar as company. Seeing the meaning behind the phrase “write what you know,” it would make sense that Pixar’s main characters are male if, in fact, most of the staff in directing/writing/producing positions are male. “Make sense” sounds like an attempt to justify the means, but I’d like to think it’s more of a way of trying to see where this came from in the first place in order to aid the problem at its core.
It’s an interesting discussion, at the very least, and I love Pixar so much that I’m nonetheless looking forward to how they continue to develop any and all female characters in their films. Pixar is in the position to change world views and perceptions, and have already successfully tackled some troubling issues, so here’s to seeing what the company has in store.