Disney Pixar’s Similar Female Character
Every female character in every Disney Pixar animated movie from the past decade basically has the same face… Really?!!! I never noticed though until I stumbled upon Alex, who posts as Every Flavored Bean at Tumblr. She noticed something unusual when she saw the picture of Disney Pixar’s latest Inside Out.
Alex was fascinated by Elsa/Anna/Rapunzel face debate and she decided to investigate the matter further. And the result of her research is fascinating and worth a share. So first she analysed the picture from Disney Pixar’s latest Inside Out. She then traced the characters faces and found that this was indeed correct. The three female characters all looked very similar, while the two male characters had individual features.
The two male characters have extremely distinctive face shapes, while the three female characters basically have the exact same shape; round with a small nose.
Alex went on to examine some of the most recent characters in Disney Pixar films to see if there was any variety. She drew together a montage of faces, and traced them. And the result is surprising.
Here are the female characters from Disney Pixar films.
Apparently every Disney Pixar woman is a clone/direct descendant of some primordial creature with huge round cheeks and a disturbingly small nose, because there is no other explanation for the incredible lack of diversity among these female faces.
When asked about this to Disney Pixar, Lino DiSalvo, Frozen‘s head of animation said
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 (Kristen Bell) being angry.
How did this trend begin in the first place? For many years, Disney Pixar’s women were much more realistically proportioned, largely due to their reliance on live models and rotoscoping. The bodies were the first thing to change, and even as they gained much more tucked-in waists and wider hips, their faces remained more or less the same. When The Little Mermaid was released, the now-familiar formula of “big head, big eyes, small nose and mouth, tiny waist” really started to take off…
Not sure though why every Disney Pixar animated movie from the past decade has similar female face characters. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment box.
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