Mry (eska_rina) wrote,


Found through themadpoker:

Disney restyles 'Rapunzel' to appeal to boys:
The makeover of "Rapunzel" is more than cosmetic. Disney can ill afford a moniker that alienates half the potential audience, young boys, who are needed to make an expensive family film a success.

"We did not want to be put in a box," said Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, explaining the reason for the name change. "Some people might assume it's a fairy tale for girls when it's not. We make movies to be appreciated and loved by everybody."

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Everybody = boys. Right, we get it. The poor boys can only relate to men, while we girls can relate to everybody. WHATEVER.

The reason to why I've always prefered Disney to Pixar - and, hell, loved Disney - is BECAUSE they have femaler leads. In a world were movies, literature and the media in general is mainly focused on men it was GREAT to at least have something that mainly had a female lead when I was growing up - even if they were in a constant need of being saved by the male main character. They were better than nothing, ya know?

And then they pulled out "The Princess and the Frog" in the hand-drawn tradition AND I WAS IN LOVE. Partly 'cause it was hand-drawn, which I'm 100% more fond of that all the computer animated crap, but mainlty because it had A BLACK, FEMALE CHARACTER LEAD, WHO, ya know, DID THINGS! :DDD And I was not dissapointed when I saw it for some time ago ♥ I might be almost be 22, but the good thing about Disney is that they are for all ages. And I thought they were going in the right direction: more racial varition, more female leads kicking arse.

...and now they are pulling this shit out. Computer animated crap and with the focus on *~the men~* as all other version of our society's media >:(

add #1: And not only that, but Rapunzel is a fairy tale with a female lead, but there are so many fairy tales with male leads. If they want to focus on the male main character, why not make on of those instead of making one of the few stories with a female lead into being about *~the man~*? URG.
add #2: Also, did you guys see that they are not making The Snow Queen anyway? Apparently it's a girl flick and they have to many of those. Yeah, idk either. Because the hero is female, the main evil character is female, and the majority of the help is female, and the damsel in distress is male, it's suddenly a "girl flick". So does that make, idk, all the movies with a male hero, a male enemy, male help and a female damsel in distress into "boy flicks"? 'cause I sure think we have alot of those movies and, well, they are often targeted as being for "everybody" >:( Actually, guys, if you can, then rec me stuff featuring a female hero, a female enemy and a male damsel in distress. I can't at the moment really think if any other than The Snow Queen. It's harder than you think.
Tags: my stuff: thoughts, reccing: culture, reccing: fandom, subject: feminism
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