April 20, 2014

The Pixar Perspective on Female Characters


Pixar may have a problem with a lack of female representation among its directors, but that’s not the case with many of its female characters. The concern over the disparity of active female characters in mainstream filmmaking has grown (rightly) louder over the last couple of years; though this has been a problem in big-budget films for a very long time, it’s become truly galling because it shows a perceived lack of progressivism in a culture that is often painted as being potentially too progressive. No doubt, there is a disturbing inequality in the number of male versus female directors, writers, and producers in Hollywood. Pixar may not be perfect, but to presume, as some have, that it is similarly failing in representing strong female characters in its films is wildly inaccurate.

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PixArt: May Feature I – ‘Dory’s Birthday’ Comic Strip

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I first discovered the work of artist Jonathan Santoro on the website for the Bottleneck Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). I thought his piece “The Orphan and The Daughter” for the “Get A Room” show was a fantastic tribute to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. So we asked him to contribute a piece to the site. We were thrilled when Jonathan said yes. He delivered this wonderful Finding Nemo-themed piece that also has the distinction of being our first comic strip featured in this section. Check out Jonathan’s website for more great images. Read on for more about the artist in his own words.

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PixArt: May 2012 Feature I – Dory, Marlin, and the Light

Bruno Chekerdimian

Does this image make you feel strangely happy? From Brazillian storyboard and character artist Bruno Chekerdimian Barreto comes this wonderful tribute to Finding Nemo. See more of Bruno’s great work at his blog and read on for more about this talented artist in his own words. [Read more...]