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An interesting LA Times article about Brenda Chapman being fired from directing her original story, BRAVE, for Pixar and the presence (or lack of) of female directors in animation.

I was personally very disappointed when I heard of Brenda's departure from Brave.  She is being replaced by an extremely excellent artist, and no doubt the film will live up to Pixar's standards, but she truly was a first in this industry---- a woman directing an animated feature of her own, original concept.  She's the most reputable female story person in this industry, and if she can't break that ceiling, I don't know who can.  It leaves the rest of us feeling like we've got even longer to wait.  I fear it won't happen for another generation or two.

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Still, when Brenda Chapman was fired from Pixar's "Brave," it stung not just Chapman but also her female colleagues in the animation community.

"I think it's a really sad state. We're in the 21st century and there are so few stories geared towards girls, told from a female point of view," said Chapman, who spent six years on "Brave" — which was inspired by her relationship with her daughter — before being fired because of what she calls "creative differences."

Read the whole article here.

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Smayds Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Creative Differences are the WORST Differences. Been there, done that, got the scars. A real pity.
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Eclipsica Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
I don't like the sound of this. We need more gender equality in animation.
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BlueDubia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
being fired from a story you created...

that sounds like the absolute worst torture you can implement on a person ._.

I'm bothered by this alone, but the aversion of a historical moment in animation makes it a hundred times worse. I don't know how I feel about the movie anymore! Or Pixar for that matter. ARGH.
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DrProfessor Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
How terrible! Hopefully Brave can keep the charm that Mrs. Chapman was going for. I wouldn't mind living in a girlier world myself. It's not just women though, from what I'm hearing it's rare that anyone really gets to work on thier own creative property. However, I'm hoping that's just coming from pessimistic college grads yet to see the light... Hoping dearly.
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cartooner2008 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Looking past any gender issues, this kind of news is still disappointing to hear. I've seen several stories about how people work on a movie for years, when, somewhere in production, that person is either fired or put in a smaller role in production. I've seen several films that had this problem in production, and, while I do sometimes end up liking the film (at least for what it is), I've always liked to see how the film turned had the original producer/director finished it.
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TheTwilightRouge Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
The absolute WORST instance of that was with The Thief and the Cobbler. Richard Williams worked on it as his pet project for almost 30 years before some higher-ups kicked him off for not meeting deadlines after funding him, then COMPLETELY butchered the film to compete with Disney's Aladdin, taking out entire scenes and adding in pointless musical numbers (and that's not even the worst part). Williams wouldn't even mention the film again, the result was that bad. You can find a fan version of the film known by "The Recobbled Cut" which is a MUCH better version that takes out all the songs and added dialogue and puts back in the missing scenes, but it's a real shame that it had to come to that in the first place.

I'd personally be devastated if I was kicked off a project that I started in the first place. I mostly just write, though, but I'd be absolutely mortified if one of my future books was picked up for a movie, and they decided to axe everything that made it what it was and ruin it.
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cartooner2008 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I completely forgot about The Thief and the Cobbler. That is easily one of the biggest examples of how executive meddling can ruin a film.
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TheTwilightRouge Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
The Recobbled Cut is much better (and faithful). It's on youtube if you want to see it.
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felicitates Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
[link]

Brenda is included in the credits here. Maybe the LA times was misinformed?
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>:c stupid Hollywood...
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