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  • Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

    Short article and comments at Cartoon Brew:

    "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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    Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

    Wow. I'm totally shocked that no one is posting in this thread.

    Brenda Chapman has left Pixar. She was pulled off of Brave, which was her film from the beginning. Apparently, she wrote the original story for her daughter.

    Brenda was the only female of Pixar's Sacred Seven, and the first female director for the studio. Now her film, the one she conceived and brought into production, has been turned over to Mark Andrews.

    This is BIG news, folks.

    The silence here is deafening.

    "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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      Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

      Been thinking about this since it broke publicly. It is disappointing and quite depressing news. Given that is such a personal project even more so. Perhaps she'll have the opportunity to return to WDAS or be tendered an offer at DreamWorks Animation, etc. Either way she'll have the unique experience of watching her film become another blockbuster notch on the Pixar belt.

      Mark Andrews co-directed the excellent short, 'One Man Band' and served as a second unit director on Andrew Stanton' upcoming 'John Carter of Mars' so it seems he'd be one of the most obvious in-house candidates.

      This is still the best post on the subject I've seen so far:

      On Cartoon Brew, Pocahontas director Mike Gabriel posted the following comment:
      Brave
      Pixar's 'Brave' Move: Reshuffling of Directors - Heat Vision
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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        Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

        Originally posted by BlueSkyDriveBy View Post

        Brenda Chapman has left Pixar. She was pulled off of Brave, which was her film from the beginning. Apparently, she wrote the original story for her daughter.
        First Woman to Direct a Pixar Film Is Instead First to Be Replaced - NYTimes.com
        "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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          Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

          It's my understanding that she's still under contract. Apparently, many of Pixar's brain trust, including Lasseter, have their contracts up for renewal next year. I'm guessing that Brenda's contract will also be up for renewal.

          Betchya Brenda and/or Disney doesn't renew it.

          If I were Brenda, I wouldn't.
          "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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            Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

            Originally posted by BlueSkyDriveBy View Post
            Short article and comments at Cartoon Brew:

            The E-Ville Boy's Club continues on...

            :yuck:

            Sounds like you are complaining based on only one fact, and ignoring all other considerations. Pixar is the most successful and consistantly successful movie company in history. No other studio has every had the string of success that Pixar has had. It's been proven over and over again that Pixar continually stretches and challenges itself with stories, places, themes, characters, stories, and technological advances. They have proven that they don't rest on previous successes.

            And as others have pointed out, it's not unusual for new people to be assigned on various projects, and to have substantial changes to certain animation projects, Aladdin had major changes, Emperor's New Groove, changed substantially. Even in Walt's day, often projects were shelved, because the current story just wasn't working, and take a look at the fact that Walt moved the main story man for The Jungle Book off that project, too. One of the more recent dramatic changes occurred at Disney Animation, when Chris Sanders was moved off of "American Dog" (which became Bolt) and subsequently left Disney.

            The resentment in your post seems rather unfounded.
            Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
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              Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

              Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
              The resentment in your post seems rather unfounded.
              "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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                Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

                No, the "article" and the OP are obviously just trying to turn this into a "gender" issue, and none of the comments have any proof to offer. Several of the comments also point to the Chris Sanders example, that changes do occur regularly, and I pointed to the Jungle Book and several other, too. The article is obviously just dredging up one fact, and trying to turn it into a "sexism" issue, rather than look at all the facts behind the change of directors. Don't call up the "sexism" issue if it doesn't exist, that would be considered liable. And no PROOF has been provided in any of the comments or the opinions expressed. If the article is going to make such accusations, then it needs to be preparred to back those statements up.
                Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
                An Adventurers It's Time to Put the Spotlight Back on Bring Back the REAL Disney Gallery
                Life for Me! ~ ~ ~ Melvin, Buff, and Max!!! ~~~~ Dump the Dream Suite!
                Meese-ka Moose-ka Mice-Chatter!

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                  Re: Brenda Chapman No Longer Directing 'Brave'

                  Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                  Don't call up the "sexism" issue if it doesn't exist, that would be considered liable. And no PROOF has been provided in any of the comments or the opinions expressed. If the article is going to make such accusations, then it needs to be preparred to back those statements up.
                  There has been a strong element of sexism in Pixar's features since day one. Not one main protagonist has been female; all of the stories have revolved around a central male character. None of the directors at Pixar have been female until they hired Brenda Chapman. And she's the only female member of the Brain Trust, at least until she's officially out the door.

                  Replacing Brenda with another director automatically dictates her replacement to be male since she is the only female director currently at Pixar, and leadership isn't about to hand over a feature film to a senior animator, male or female, without previous experience on a short. This is why Gary Rydstrom, a newbie to animation, was made the director of Lifted, to give him some experience before tackling a larger project like newt.

                  The situation with ditching Brenda and her original story is not necessarily driven primarily because of sexism. But given Pixar's historical absence of female protagonists and female directors, a trend which would have been reversed with Brave, it's nearly impossible to conclude that sexism hasn't played even a marginal role in these developments.

                  The commenter on CB, redrum, obviously works inside Pixar and most likely knows what's going to happen with the film. This individual stated "the entire story is probably going to be changed" and not necessarily for the better. Given that Mark Andrews is incapable of relating to the story on the same intimate level as Brenda, both because of his gender and lack of maternal connection to the protagonist (Princess Merida is Brenda's daughter), the story that he ends up writing and directing will be vastly different than the one Brenda was telling. And that is what the comments on CB are driving at, the difference between what Brenda envisioned and what Mark will envision.

                  Brave will become a different story but most likely not a better one. And the difference will be found in muted feminism that's more palatable to male audience members who are uncomfortable with strong female protagonists. In my book, that's the very definition of sexism.
                  "Dope smoking insects and reckless driving always work." -- Cousin Orville

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