Ms. Magazine apparently has issues with Toy Story 3.
Toy Story 3 opens on a woman-empowerment high, with Mrs. Potato-Head displaying mad train-robbing skills and cowgirl Jessie skillfully steering her faithful horse Bullseye in the ensuing chase. And that’s the end of that: From there on, the film displays the same careless sexism as its predecessors. ...
Pixar has not left its male-heterocentric scripts behind. Nor has it moved beyond the “everyone is white and middle class” suburban view of the world. Perhaps we should expect no more from Pixar, especially now that Disney, the animated instiller of gender and other norms (a great documentary on this is Mickey Mouse Monopoly),now owns the studio.
Poor unenlightened me. I know that Pixar's upper reaches are pretty much a boys' club, but I sat through the whole damn movie and never picked up on any of this.
The subtleties of the male-hetero-centric script flew right over my under-powered cranial cavity ....
And then I read Danielle Bean at the National Catholic Register, who thought that Ms. was ... uh ... full of it.
I have to say: Did we watch the same movie? Gimme a break, Ms.
Here’s Wilson’s “evidence” of Pixar misogyny, along with my commentary:
Andy’s mother is a nag.
No, she’s not. She’s a busy, loving mom wrestling with the complicated emotions involved with letting go of her son as he heads off to college. She gives her kids a lot of direction, just like every good mom I know.
Only one out of the seven new characters is female.
This count actually misses the most important and sweetest new female character—Bonnie. She’s a wise, fun, and loving female protagonist. If Pixar made a “Toy Story 4” starring Bonnie, I would pay to see it. ...
There is, of course, the small point that every Pixar feature is male-driven (both on and behind the screen), but you could say the same for most major live-action films. Hollywood was finally shamed into giving an Oscar to a female director after eighty-two years, but the reality is:
Men run most of the industry.
Men call most of the creative shots.
And things aren't likely to change very much anytime soon.
Happily, Pixar is finally giving Brenda Chapman the opportunity to be Emeryville's first woman director, but Jeffrey Katzenberg broke the gender barrier over a decade ago with Prince of Egypt, Spirit and Shrek.
Cartoonland is still, as it has been since Farmer Alfalfa and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a boy-driven enterprise.