"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."
Updated quote from Frozen’s animation head, Lino DiSalvo
Now it’s even more problematic. They have to be PRETTY and very sensitive. And don’t forget emotional. But when you’re just working with ONE no big deal, you can get it off the model very quickly. BUT OH NO! Once you add another female, suddenly it’s soooooo hard. You better make sure they have two very different angry faces or else nobody’s going to know who is who. Because, you know, facial expressions is what distinguishes FEMALES from one another.
This is extra fucking hilarious because a) the first animated human characters Disney did WERE WOMEN and b) that’s why there’s so little of the prince in Snow White, they were so used to drawing women, they struggled a fuckton with drawing a dude.
So historically speaking, eat my ass.
Translated text of the quote: "Historically speaking, we’re just lazy and don’t care about female characters as long as they’re pretty and white. Because that’s all that matters. We just need the eye candy. Also, I know fuck all about history, and mostly I’m talking out my ass."
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"You used to be able to say things like, “I really like those lady writers in this industry, especially in swimsuits!” and your fellow writers, editors, agents, and other assorted colleagues would all wink and grin and agree with you, and Asimov would go around pinching women’s asses, and it was so cool! So cool that he could just sexually assault women all the time! You used to be able to say, “Black people are fine. As long as they are clean and don’t live in my neighborhood,” and your friends and colleagues would wink and grin and agree with you. You’d say, “Gay men are gay because they were abused, and all lesbians are really bisexual and just need the love of a good man,” and hey, it was Ok, because no one disagreed with you….Well, welcome to 2013. And the world wide web, where everybody, even those underprivileged nobodies you never had to listen to before, has a chance to be heard."
"[T]ake a shot every time the author deliberately highlights the femaleness of the women he mentions, the better to explain how these ladies never said I was sexist, so clearly their silence at a time when dissent could’ve seriously impacted their careers constitutes an impartial, absolute assessment of the non-offensiveness of my work, as well as speaking declaratively for all women, forever…. Newsflash, Mr Resnick: the fact that something has a long and prominent history doesn’t make it OK."
"I’ve also heard (a little birdie said) it’s possible that the movie’s Johnny Depp Tonto character might actually be a white man renegade pretending to be Native to hide from the law. Wouldn’t that be something? Couldn’t that explode the thing! What if the Tonto of a Johnny Deppness brought up so many of the right questions? What is it like to think one can dress and hide in a culture? What might it mean for a character to work his/her (I do like the Johnny Deppness swish) through the complexities of living out a life like a Native? Might this strip the fetish off you, Johnny Depp Tonto? Couldn’t it catch the attention of a particular student in a friend’s class that actually asked (just this year, mind you): “Why is there a car in this [Sherman Alexie] story. Native Americans didn’t have cars, but horses!” Can you imagine Johnny Depp Tonto? You—more than pixels, more than matter made shade—but you, an explosion of heritage wearing heritage among heritage mistaken as and hiding within heritage? Like what history is, before it is flattened.
But Johnny Depp Tonto, I imagine we won’t have these sorts of conversations by the time your (wait, the Lone Ranger’s) movie hits. And I won’t be able to say “Yeah, at least he gets it” when image after image of a “Native American” person comes across my screen and it’s some stoic-faced brave or nature-fairy or cartoon figure Indian. My Facebook newsfeed shows something different, by the way. You should get one. My NDN friends love to smile. Love to laugh. And swear. And ham it up. And normal. You might be surprised by how many birds (wolves and bears) aren’t in our profile pics. Johnny Depp Tonto, I hope you get to be one of ours. I hope there’s more to you than the starkness of your white and black striped face. I hope you get an itch to step off that big screen and take a space in the world that doesn’t knock us back into shirtless whooping half-animal extras. High hopes. So mostly I hope you don’t end up in a bag-made costume to sell at Halloween. They’ll just snip the Jack Sparrow braids a bit and move around a few trinkets and feathers and you’ll be ready to wear. On bodies, on backpacks, on bedsheets. I’m worried for you. You’ll be everywhere for anyone to try on and the DVD you will be out in time for holidays. Christmas will hit with your team-designed face on everything and shopping for and around you at that time of year—well, it’s probably going to be a slaughter."
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Open Letters: An Open Letter to Johnny Depp’s Tonto.
I was originally just going to post the first paragraph, because history has interesting truths about it. Such as, in the wild west the majority of gunslingers weren’t white Europeans. They were black ex-slaves. That Native Americans (First Nation People) weren’t savage and warlike (see Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the history of Chief Whitecap, John Lake and the founding of the City of Saskatoon), some even went to university. But thanks to European perceptions of First Nation People, it was difficult for them to find work. Or how Metis were treated as neither native nor white. How they were just white enough to get by, but not white enough to keep their land (see Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, Red River Rebellion, North West Rebellion, Province of Manitoba, Province of Saskatchewan).
I eventually felt the second paragraph was important because it’s so much a truth about Hollywood. They refuse to take the risk of showing a different, more realistic side of history, even in a history that is fictional but based on fact.
It’s a reason why I decided that when I was rewriting Black Mask & Pale Rider, that the character of Shani Wennemein, although an elf, would emulate aspect of a Metis person. She would be half Iroquois and half European French. Her mother, a well respected wizard in this elven world, would emulate the stories and folklore of elves as seen by the Iroquois.
Because history isn’t some white washed world that only had Eurocentric ideals forging everything forward. If anything, Europeans took a lot of what they claim as theirs from so many different cultures.
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