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Pixar's first female director no longer Pixar's first female director

Oct. 19, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Making such wonderful films over the years, Pixar has been relatively free of most controversy. The only blip so far has been their lack of a real lead female character in any of their films. All that was about to change in 2012 with BRAVE, Pixar's first fairy tale that would not only feature a female character as its lead (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) but directed by Pixar's first female director. But a movie that looked to end criticism may instead be sparking much more than Pixar ever intended.

Cartoon Brew is reporting that BRAVE director Brenda Chapman has been let go by Pixar and Mark Andrews has been promoted to director of the film. Andrews has worked as a story artist at Pixar and directed the beautiful short "One Man Band but is noticeably not a woman.

Obviously Pixar has not gone on the record (yet, but I imagine that public pressure will force a statement sooner or later) but the site is reporting that Chapman has been edged out of her spot for weeks now with the move only becoming official earlier this week.

Now in all fairness to Pixar, this is not the first time a director of one of their animated films has been let go. Jan Pinkava, one of the vaunted Pixar Brain Trust back from his days directing the early short "Geri's Game," was fired from his post on RATATOUILLE and Brad Bird was brought in to quickly rewrite and direct the revamped version (he retained a story credit on the final film). And even Disney replaced Chis Sanders on AMERICAN DOG, completely revamping the film and releasing it as BOLT.

But surely the sexier story (no pun intended) for the media is the sex of its director and that BRAVE will now be the 14th film from Pixar to be directed by a man. And whether it is warranted or not, will bring some controversy to the shores of Emeryville, CA.

Extra Tidbit: How long before Chapman signs a development deal at DreamWorks?
Source: Cartoon Brew

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10:26PM on 10/19/2010
Given Pixar's track record, and given that the last time they let someone go, we got their third best film (Ratatouille), I'm saying, who really gives a damn? She probably wasn't all that equipped to handle such a big film, and wasn't running things properly.
Given Pixar's track record, and given that the last time they let someone go, we got their third best film (Ratatouille), I'm saying, who really gives a damn? She probably wasn't all that equipped to handle such a big film, and wasn't running things properly.
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9:07PM on 10/19/2010
pixars been so good for so long the media was bound to try and make them look bad at some point for the sake of a story. if we just ignore it, they'll drop it because its not getting them any attention/selling any newspapers. quality first. thats why they are the best.
pixars been so good for so long the media was bound to try and make them look bad at some point for the sake of a story. if we just ignore it, they'll drop it because its not getting them any attention/selling any newspapers. quality first. thats why they are the best.
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5:50PM on 10/19/2010
As disappointing as this is, I doubt it will make much difference as to the film's quality. Someone on another site said "you can't throw a stone at Pixar and not hit someone talented". Plus, there is the previous example of RATATOUILLE.
As disappointing as this is, I doubt it will make much difference as to the film's quality. Someone on another site said "you can't throw a stone at Pixar and not hit someone talented". Plus, there is the previous example of RATATOUILLE.
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1:43PM on 10/19/2010

WHO GIVES A F*CK!!!

As long as Pixar's movies are fantastic, great stories and make a ton of money I don't care if a male monkey directs them.
As long as Pixar's movies are fantastic, great stories and make a ton of money I don't care if a male monkey directs them.
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1:21PM on 10/19/2010
I'm not adding anything to the gender discussion. Don't care, as long as the director has talent. But I will comment on how people still don't seem optimistic about this film round here. I am pumped for BRAVE! And the ONLY Pixar sequel that should be made now that Toy Story is wrapped up, is The Incredibles, in my opinion. The time wasted on Monsters Inc and Cars sequels just depresses me ($$$$). People bitch about BRAVE when discussing NEWT being canceled but leave out the upcoming
I'm not adding anything to the gender discussion. Don't care, as long as the director has talent. But I will comment on how people still don't seem optimistic about this film round here. I am pumped for BRAVE! And the ONLY Pixar sequel that should be made now that Toy Story is wrapped up, is The Incredibles, in my opinion. The time wasted on Monsters Inc and Cars sequels just depresses me ($$$$). People bitch about BRAVE when discussing NEWT being canceled but leave out the upcoming sequel nonsense . . .
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11:42AM on 10/19/2010
This is a non-issue. This is Pixar we're talking about, not Fox. They fired her probably because she wasn't a good director, not because she has a vagina. I'm all for equality, but Hollywood pushes it too far. Oh, and James Cameron deserved that Oscar, not Bigelow. Hurt Locker was good, but really??
This is a non-issue. This is Pixar we're talking about, not Fox. They fired her probably because she wasn't a good director, not because she has a vagina. I'm all for equality, but Hollywood pushes it too far. Oh, and James Cameron deserved that Oscar, not Bigelow. Hurt Locker was good, but really??
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11:59AM on 10/19/2010
I absolutely agree it's a non-issue. But how many times have we seen non-issues become issues? GLAAD approved the "Dilemma" trailer, all the sudden Anderson Cooper is pissed and now a non-issue has become an issue. I don't agree with it but I guarantee you Pixar catches flak for it.
I absolutely agree it's a non-issue. But how many times have we seen non-issues become issues? GLAAD approved the "Dilemma" trailer, all the sudden Anderson Cooper is pissed and now a non-issue has become an issue. I don't agree with it but I guarantee you Pixar catches flak for it.
1:44PM on 10/19/2010
Oh I agree. I didn't mean that from a "this shouldn't be an article" point of view, rather from a "I can't believe Hollywood is so gay" point of view. Yeah GLAAD, I said it.
Oh I agree. I didn't mean that from a "this shouldn't be an article" point of view, rather from a "I can't believe Hollywood is so gay" point of view. Yeah GLAAD, I said it.
9:04PM on 10/19/2010
I don't think Cameron deserved it at all. It is best director not hardest working director.
I don't think Cameron deserved it at all. It is best director not hardest working director.
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11:42AM on 10/19/2010
I agree with the other posters - why is the gender of the director even an issue? Have they had an African-American director yet in 14 films? No - OH! Cue the controversy!!!

We're not talking 500 films here, we are talking 14.
I agree with the other posters - why is the gender of the director even an issue? Have they had an African-American director yet in 14 films? No - OH! Cue the controversy!!!

We're not talking 500 films here, we are talking 14.
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11:32AM on 10/19/2010
I fail to see how any of this matters. I'd hope they'd hire their staff based on their superior talents, and not on what is between their legs.

Leave it to the populous and media to find any retarded reason to be outraged. "We've let Pixar get away with deserved praise for FAR too long! LETS GET EM'!"
I fail to see how any of this matters. I'd hope they'd hire their staff based on their superior talents, and not on what is between their legs.

Leave it to the populous and media to find any retarded reason to be outraged. "We've let Pixar get away with deserved praise for FAR too long! LETS GET EM'!"
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11:20AM on 10/19/2010
Incredibles 2 please.
Incredibles 2 please.
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7:12PM on 10/19/2010
That would be so cool!
That would be so cool!
11:12AM on 10/19/2010
Yes, because the quality of a film should solely be based on the director's gender now, not their directorial or career merits.

Bigelow winning an Oscar has been one of the worst things to happen to the industry's perception of catering to those insecure enough about gender dominance instead of focusing on the quality of the film, male, female, indifferent.

It shouldn't even be an issue. It's the end result of the movie that should matter.
Yes, because the quality of a film should solely be based on the director's gender now, not their directorial or career merits.

Bigelow winning an Oscar has been one of the worst things to happen to the industry's perception of catering to those insecure enough about gender dominance instead of focusing on the quality of the film, male, female, indifferent.

It shouldn't even be an issue. It's the end result of the movie that should matter.
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11:19AM on 10/19/2010
The Hurt Locker was a great movie and she deserved the oscar. Or is this really Weaver posting?
The Hurt Locker was a great movie and she deserved the oscar. Or is this really Weaver posting?
2:03PM on 10/19/2010
Wish I could Thumbs Up a replier's reply.

Co-sign with The_Soloist.
Wish I could Thumbs Up a replier's reply.

Co-sign with The_Soloist.
11:03AM on 10/19/2010
Chis Anderson? WTF? I bet you mean Chris Sanders!!!
Chis Anderson? WTF? I bet you mean Chris Sanders!!!
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10:55AM on 10/19/2010

scrap this movie...

and just make Next or Monsters Inc. 2, ive liked nothing ive seen or heard about this one. those pics are awful
and just make Next or Monsters Inc. 2, ive liked nothing ive seen or heard about this one. those pics are awful
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10:02AM on 10/19/2010

OR.....

... we could just wait until the news is confirmed...
... we could just wait until the news is confirmed...
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