Via Jezebel…check out the article but yes, what the title says. I basically just posted this after finding the other link, but then realized this quote had more textual info than what was there.
…according to one Disney exec, female characters are harder to animate than male ones due to their having to show a “wide range of emotions” and having to “keep them pretty” in the midst of movement. Almost immediately, the internet called bullshit.
The exec, whose foot is probably by now firmly in his mouth, is one Lino Disalvo, Disney’s head of animation for film. He lauded the achievements of the animation staff who worked onFrozen to a visiting animation blogger, saying making the film look good was a unique challenge. BECAUSE LADIES.
“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 being angry.”
love the comparison image they posted… & this comment:
I’ve seen other people comment on it and should have included it in posts (forgot) but it’s a good point that the implication here is ALSO that men don’t need to show as much range of emotion. Which gives credence to the stereotype that “women are emotional, while men are logical and don’t do things like cry”.
also why DO you have to keep female characters “pretty in the midst of movement”?? it’s like period commercials where I have to do white pants-ed cartwheels while I’m cramping blood out my bottom like hello it’s ok to be not pretty when you’re escaping from death or whatever