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Disney Exec Opens Mouth To Describe Animating Females, But Ends Up Sucking On His Own Foot!

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That sound you just heard, that was Mickey Mouse face-palming!

We don't like Disney, we love Disney! We ADORE Disney… but this is just dumb!!!

In a recent interview meant to discuss the company's upcoming animated feature, Frozen, the film's head animator Lino Disalvo spoke out how multiple female characters results in a more technically challenging movie!

Guess what? He done fudged up and accidentally revealed a Disney-double standard that has apparently existed for a long while behind the scenes!

He had the nerve to confess:

"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.”

Female characters have a WIDER range of emotions? They HAVE to stay pretty?

Yikes!!! We're guessing he's already regrets those words!

We haven't seen a flub this bad since the same company put out Flubber with Robin Williams in 1997!

We happen to think all folks — regardless of gender — are capable of the same range of emotions!!

And to imply that women can only be effective protagonists if they are also constantly pretty? Ugh!

Disney should be in the business of molding young minds, and this seems like an irresponsible way to approach the situation!!!

What do U think?

UPDATE: According to a Disney spokesperson, "Animation is an intricate and complex art form. These comments were recklessly taken out of context. As part of a roundtable discussion the binaries was describing some technical aspects of CG animation and not making a general comment on animations females versus males or other characters."

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19 comments to “Disney Exec Opens Mouth To Describe Animating Females, But Ends Up Sucking On His Own Foot!”

  1. DisneyLOVER says – reply to this


    I think that this may be taken a bit too out of context Socially, there is a preconceived notion that females show a wider range of emotions more easily. I do not necessarily think that he was saying that males do not have a variety of emotions, but just that there is a social stigma more associated with males showing those emotions. Also society has ingrained the idea that being pretty matters the most. Disney is merely reflecting society and a good business sense. Unfortunately, ugly characters with beautiful souls will not sell. Society has made it this way. Just look at your own website (which I adore), glorifying a lot of celebrities based on looks reinforces society's view. Disney is not trying to be sexism but realistic.

  2. Ordox says – reply to this


    Someone is reading TOO much between the lines…he's speaking as an animator…you have to animate a wider range of emotions just because they are the main characters in the stories, and you have to keep them pretty because they are Disney princesses…period. Don't try to read secret intentions where there are none…

  3. Stepy67 says – reply to this


    Re: Ordox – ok good Thank God….I thought I was just missing something because I dont see any drama in what he said. Must be a slow drama day for Perez lol

  4. saara says – reply to this


    stop trying to create drama Perez

  5. Princess says – reply to this


    Whats wrong with wanting the princesses to be pretty? The reason Disney is so successful is because little girls look up to these princesses. Obviously little kids aren't going to like a character as much if shes ugly. Just because ugly people are self conscious doesn't mean every body has to downgrade their looks so ugly people aren't insecure.

  6. Eric says – reply to this


    LOL keep objectifying and criticizing celebrities Perez. but an animator explains the difficulties in animating, and you have a bitch fit. Just because our society is obese and ugly, doesn't mean that has to be SUPPORTED by disney

  7. Adam says – reply to this


    Obviously someone didn't have any better topics then Miley and Disney this week, how about news that isn't catty Perez

  8. intelli says – reply to this


    who cares lol

  9. 9

    How is this remotely a controversy? Animators have a difficult role of making characters stand out and look different from each other and be emotionally expressive. Multiple male characters are easier to separate because an audience is more accepting of non-real facial types (overly square jaws, large noses, big eyebrows etc.) which Disney and other animators use frequently. But many of those facially defining features (you will never see a girl with a beard or mustache!) are difficult to do in animation because of the layout of cells. So, without those ornamental elements that differentiate a character, of course it is more difficult in an animated format. That's not a sexist thing at all; and women should be proud of the fact that capturing a beautiful version of a woman has always been a great artistic difficulty, no matter the era.

  10. anna says – reply to this


    Taking what was said a little too literal.

    Animation is hard. Especially 2D Animation. With 3D, you create a model and then just use that one model. With 2D, you have to hand draw each frame. I believe there are 24 frames in a second, so if it takes 4 seconds to draw a frown, that's 96 frames. Cut out a few because you can easily skip some and still have a good flow happening, but it's still over 50 frames. Female Disney characters are more prominent, and females in general do show more range when it comes to emotions. Basically, what dude said really wasn't a big deal. In all honesty, growing up I never wanted to look like a Disney princess. I just had it drilled in my head I had to get married at 16.. O.o No one else found this odd? No? Hm, okay.

  11. 11

    I read his statement twice and found nothing even remotely offensive from it. Why do you see so much negativity in the world, Perez?

  12. Stephanie says – reply to this


    Don't really see any drama here…

  13. tara says – reply to this


    This "news" is just stupid, I mean obviously the disney princesses have to be beautiful, no one would watch it if they looked like a foot.

  14. 14

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  15. Animator says – reply to this


    This is totally out of context. He's not talking about being physically pretty, he's talking about "animation" pretty…..character appeal. It's very easy when pushing the controls around on these characters to make them look weird, especially female characters…because of the way the geometry is built. The way their facial features are placed make the emotional target smaller. To have eyelids moving the wrong way to avoid penetrating the eyeball, or have a mouth shape look weird when making certain phonemes. To have geometry crease in the wrong place, makes them look different than the way they are supposed to look and is noticeable to an audience and takes you out of the picture. Same shit happens with male characters, but its easier to jack up a female rig and less forgiving. The rigs themselves are "sensitive"…..he's using animation lingo people…come on now.

  16. maggie says – reply to this


    there is a big double standard here, but from US.
    This whole website lives on how celebrities look. And also as a society, we wouldnt be so attracted to watch a movie where the protagonist isnt pretty. We are always telling everyone how we should accept others for how they are and that it doesnt matter the size and whatever but it's the first thing we criticize.

  17. marie lynn says – reply to this


    well this is retarded OF COURSE they have to stay pretty or no one will watch it and of course they have a wider rage of emotions that what draws us to them this blogger is an idiot would you watch a poorly animated lady with two faces? i wouldent and they know that. im so sick of people being bashed for stating the obvious truth

  18. Jerzey says – reply to this


    If you knew anything about animation this would make a lot more sense.

  19. 19

    Why is this even a thing?? Who cares?? And why???!!