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Disney Says Women's Emotions Make Them Look Ugly

Frozen's top animator says keeping female characters pretty and expressive is a challenge

We're very excited for Frozen, the latest animated offering from Disney, not just because it happens to feature two of our fave actresses, Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, voicing the lead protagonists, but also because the story features two lady leads, sisters who must work together and are both heroes.

And then we read this, from Lino Desalvo, the head of animation for the project.

"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 too -- you can get them off a model very quickly.

Yes, that's right. Women having emotions is just not very pretty now, is it? But go on, Lino, tell us more. Tell us about how women even express emotion differently -- from each other. "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." We'd get upset about this, but you know, we don't want Lino to worry our emotions are holding us back from being beautiful. [NY Mag]


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