Speaking of family vacation, I’m staying with my cousins, a household that includes girls of ages 3 and 6 1/2 year old twins. Reading material scattered around includes Wimpy Kid (the new one purchased the day it became available) Dork Diaries, Ursula Vernon’s Dragonbreath, etc. For Halloween, costumes included Merida from BRAVE and Hermione Granger. The littlest one plays with an iPhone constantly as most kids her age do, including reading Disney and Sesame Street animated comics.
My only question—are these fake geek girls or real ones? Going to have to keep an eye on them as they grow up.
Oh yeah, one other thing about BRAVE, which I saw for the first time. It was a fine Disney Princess film, but it did not solve Pixar’s lack of girls, which in fact was only deepened by making the first Pixar film to star a girl a movie about being a girl. Other Pixar films were about themes—letting go of childhood in the Toy Story movies, confronting fear in MONSTERS Inc., the loneliness of creativity in RATATOUILLE, finding the strength to go on after loss in UP….and so on. Any one of those themes could have starred a girl.
But didn’t. Keep trying, Pixar!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.