If you were (rightfully) pissed off that about the fact that the two female main characters of Disney's upcoming Frozen looks pretty much exactly alike—not to mention the same as Rapunzel in Tangled—here's your reason why: Apparently, Disney just has a real hard time animating girls, because EMOTIONS.
Examine this following, very real quote from Frozen's head of animation, Lino DiSalvo:
“Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, because they have to go through these range of emotions, but 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 being angry.”
Right. So, animators have a hard time creating female characters who look realistic for Disney, because they have to look pretty while they yell, scream, cry, or show any range of human emotion. Because god forbid a female character in an animated film that children will watch and learn from look less than perfect for a SECOND. That's not what we should be teaching our children at all. Women should look perfect all the time and anyone who doesn't isn't worthy of their own Disney film because gross, AMIRITE?
Seriously, there's a lot wrong with this. With each and every film they put out, Disney—and by extension, the animators and directors themselves—are making the conscious decision to promote unrealistic standards of beauty in animated characters, the figures children will watch and actually look up to at a young age, because that's how they'll profit.
It's not that animating female characters experiencing emotions is a hard job, it's that it's hard to do when you're focusing on keeping them looking pretty and perfect 100 percent of the time, which no one is capable of doing because it's impossible. It's only hard to do, because they are making the conscious decision not to do so.
[via Cartoon Brew]