Michael Lee on animating Frozen
So that’s their (blatantly misogynistic) excuse for scrapping all but two of the female characters; that they’re too hard to animate? Those emotional female characters, they’re all the same, right? Here’s a hint: their “femaleness” isn’t what’s making them indistinguishable.
Okay as a fucking ANIMATOR this shit is insulting not even as a fucking WOMAN.
Like OOOoOOOH WOMEN ARE TOO HARD TO ANIMATE BECAUSE THEY HAVE EMOTIONS—like no fuck you. Fuck you. If you find a character hard to animate because they have emotions then you are a shitty fucking animator. The whole POINT of animating is the emotion. It’s conveying emotion and intent and story in every single possible movement you can, and animating in general is plain fucking HARD. It’s not hardER just because a character has a lot of fucking emotions I just…
THAT’S NOT EVEN GETTING INTO THE MISOGYNY OKAY
men don’t have emotions
I’m sitting here thinking: and only that one tiny comment is there mentioning that men have emotions too? I mean, the whole point of drama (in the traditional theatrical sense, not the genre sense) is displaying emotion. Every actor knows that the entire point of playing a character is to exaggerate emotion so that the audience can see it, because, seriously, spend five minutes watching real people and you realize NOBODY behaves the way a fictional character in a movie does. We’re taught to hide our emotions, whereas acting - and animation - is about conveying them.
Another point to consider is animated female characters, specifically the lead and/or romantic interest, are supposed to be ~*~pretty~*~. All of the time. At every moment. And it’s tough to create real expressions when you’re restricted by strict standards of beauty.
Glen Keane noted this preference after animating Ariel:
"There was a time when Disney princesses were neatly packaged and always pristine and pretty. Ariel was the first to break from that box. I remember my mentors Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston said after the opening of The Little Mermaid that they would never have animated Ariel that way. I asked, ‘Why?’
“They said, ‘Because you drew her face with ugly expressions at times when we were very careful to only draw our princesses with prettiest of expressions.’ And I realized that this was a new generation of acting. Anytime we had a choice to choose pretty or real we would always chose real. The authentic emotion is our goal.”
Current princesses have come a long way since Snow White, but we still value beauty over actual humanity. Animating female characters wouldn’t be so “difficult” if we could let go of this stupid ideal that she has to be pretty ALL OF THE TIME. That she can’t be a REAL HUMAN BEING who has actual emotions that might make her *gasp* so uncute! What’s even worse is these artists and animators might desperately be dying to break out of this rut, but are forced to kowtow to their conservative higher ups. That’s gotta be soul crushing.