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  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
After 12 feature length films, Pixar is introducing its first female lead in Brave. Though the protagonist, Merida, is a Scottish princess, she does not wait around in towers to be saved. In fact, she appears to have a will of her own, defies her parents, takes matters into her own hands, does physical fighting, and is generally ‘brave,’ as the title suggests.  She even does archery and fights off bears—pretty badass. Watch the official ... Read More