What’s a Hollywood Game Changer? It’s someone who completely changes the way something is done, thought about, or made. The animated film Brave took in close to 80 million at the box office its opening weekend. The Pixar film is an original story featuring the first female protagonist by Pixar. It’s hard to ignore all the re-imagined stories of Snow White being churned out by Hollywood. Has Brenda Chapman changed the game for fairytales in Hollywood? In this article we will look at one visionary who dared to go against convention to redefine ideals in Hollywood and breathed new life into fairytales.
With so many sequels and re-imagined stories, don’t you get the feeling you are watching nothing but reruns when you go to the theater these days? Film studios are worried about the bottom line, which is understandable given how much a film cost. Yet, today consumers can tell when studios are hiding a films flaws with a ton of CGI fireworks. Does that impact the evolution of the film industry? Brave was the brain child of Brenda Chapman. Below is a press release from Pixar announcing Chapman as the director.
- “Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. The all-star cast features Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters. Pixar’s very own Brenda Chapman, of “The Lion King” and “Prince of Egypt” fame, directs this Highland tale full of humor, heart and adventure.”
Written for her daughter as an alternative to traditional fairytales, the animated feature had three directors and four writers in the end. Without discussing the questionable nature of Chapman’s firing at Pixar. It’s enough to recognize her vision and pioneering efforts to create an original story for young girls that promote equality between men and women.
What’s great about Brave men didn’t perish for women to live happily ever after unlike Snow White & the Huntsman. Granted we are discussing live action versus animation but Brave offered more substance with less fireworks. Is it possible this is one of the problems with re-imagined films the characters and stories lose their substance and become too formulaic?
What are your thoughts?
Please join us for a discussion Thursday: 6/28/2012@7pmE/12UTC