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Rocking Comment from Brave Director Brenda Chapman

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by Melissa Silverstein
March 30, 2012 11:30 AM
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I just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing the comments on the site this week.  While I might not be the biggest responder to comments, I do read each and every one and try to comment on the ones that need answers.  I love the fact that you all talk to each other.

But we had a treat this week that I wanted to highlight for you all.  On the post Is Princess Culture Redeemable? there was a comment from the writer and director of the film upcoming film Brave - Brenda Chapman. 

Just to remind you of some of the details.  Brave is the first girl centric film from Pixar.  Brenda Chapman was the first female director.  Over a year ago Ms. Chapman and Pixar parted ways on this film due to the standard "creative differences", but she is still credited as director.

Here's what she said about the post and her film in the comments:

I wrote and directed BRAVE that is coming out this summer. It was absolutely my intention to subvert the princess role. There is no prince in my movie. And my princess is a true teenager in that her real "problem" (or so she thinks) is her own mother. A working mom and her daughter love story/action-adventure/fairytale. I wanted to turn the pink princesses on their heads - no pink and prince - and I'm not talkin' the songbirds. Hope it lives up to expectation. :)

Women like Brenda working in Hollywood is what gives me hope for the future.  This is one film I want to take all my nieces to.  Can't wait to see it.

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4 Comments

  • Bob | June 18, 2012 1:42 AMReply

    Saw it last night with my daughters at a special screening. Job well done! They both want to be Merida for Halloween.

  • Mike | April 14, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    Brenda Chapman for Catching Fire!

  • cindy | March 30, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    I'm usually not interested in animated films, but I saw the trailer for this movie and I was intrigued. The fact that the director sounds way cool, definitely makes me want to see it!

  • Bes | March 30, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    I also can't wait to see this movie. But "creative differences" as in a bunch of men trying to cram a female centric movie into the typical male movie model? I would like to know the scoop behind that, it sound ominous.

    You know that would make a pretty good plot in itself, male studio heads, script writers, producers, casting couch player, costumer, director, editor, camera men try to make a female centric story fit their narrow definition of a good movie with "empowered" female characters. I don't know if the movie would be a comedy or tragedy but it wouldn't be recognizable as authentic by a female audience.

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