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Postby Bryko614 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:11 pm

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film ... brave.html

First, Newt gets canceled. Then Cars 2 switches directors. Now Brave, too, the one feature that seemingly wasn't having any bumps. What is going on here?
I wasn't very fond of One Man Band (my least favorite Pixar short), so I'm a little less excited for Brave now, honestly.
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Postby Leirin » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:37 pm

I'm really not sure what to make of this. I thought having their first female director was really cool, but by this point I'll just be happy if the movie even comes into existence. Well, I trust Pixar, despite all the strange shakeups lately...
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Postby Johnny_ Boy » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:55 pm

As long as the movie is good that's all that matters.
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Postby gazelle » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:12 am

Examples were given about good that's come out of Pixar when director swaps have taken place and I'm not even skeptical. This kind of reminds me of Unkrich rising up for TS3. Completely different situation but my point is this is someone from in the company aaaaannd I'm not worried. Where's even more assuring is this is a entirely new project and it's not like we're trusting some outsider with a franchise where we have a lot of expectations already.

However I am sad to hear she's actually leaving. Disappointing. that is the real bad news.
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Postby Danachii » Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:16 am

Honestly, when I heard about this, I was really shocked, bitter and confused. Brenda was supposed to be Pixar's first female director, and I'm extremely disappointed hearing that she was kicked off the director's chair, not to mention the fact that she's even leaving the studio. I know Pixar probably had a reason for doing what they did, but recently their decisions have been really making me skeptical. :\

I'm still going to go see the movie when it comes out of course, but as of now I'm not really interested in following this movie anymore.
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:29 am

Well, this doesn't bother me in the least. I just have this relieved feeling that the film won't have a Feminist feel I get from a lot of female-directed films. Mulan, Cinderella, and tons of movies featuring a heroine were very successfully made by men. This doesn't scre me in the least. :D
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Postby gazelle » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:20 am

Looking at Andrews' resume the only thing that's scary is his lack of directing experience. He's a storyboard artist. Brave will basically be his big break. Which is exciting but scary. I'm sure he feels the same way x] But this will either be TERRIFIC AND FRESH, or just won't really make the mark. Either way we can trust Pixar won't put out anything that isn't grade A, right?
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Postby lizardgirl » Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:42 am

The whole female director thing is a non-point, in my opinion. I don't care whether the director of Brave is a girl, guy, black, white, or even some sort of animal- as long as they're qualified and able to do the job well, and as long as they deserve the spot of director, it's okay. Brenda Chapman seems to have more experience than Andrews, and I'm sad that she's leaving Pixar entirely, but if Andrews can do just as good a job, if not better, then that's okay too.

There must've been some pretty strong reasons behind all of this, and it reminds me of when Ratatouille was originally heading down the wrong path, and then Brad Bird took over and turned it around, so it's probably a good thing in the long run.
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Postby K9Girl » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:39 pm

This doesn't really matter to me. I'm still just as excited for Brave as I was before I heard the news.
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Postby Geoff-uk1234 » Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:28 pm

As much as I'm looking forward to Brave, I'm not too happy with this. I think a woman should have the chance to direct a Pixar movie. I guess not this time though. Oh well.
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Postby gazelle » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:39 pm

And if it isn't for the best we will never know. Oh well. Let's just hope it comes out great no matter who could have done better.

And I agree, gender of the director really holds nothing for me either.
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Postby Leirin » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:41 pm

IncredigirlVirginia wrote:Well, this doesn't bother me in the least. I just have this relieved feeling that the film won't have a Feminist feel I get from a lot of female-directed films. Mulan, Cinderella, and tons of movies featuring a heroine were very successfully made by men. This doesn't scre me in the least. :D


This is very true. It doesn't really matter to me whether male or female helms the film (though, as I mentioned, female director WOULD be real cool). It's still going to be great. I'm just super upset about Brenda leaving the studio. :(
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Postby Nausicaa » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:43 pm

I was surprised to hear about Chapman, and even a little saddened that she won't be finishing her creation and may have left the company entirely. Pixar do have a history of making big changes to films halfway through production though, so I'm not too worried.

Still... they can't be too far off of the animating stage, can they? If they are making changes to the movie, then they don't have a lot of time if they want to keep to the July 2012 release date. Then again, there might not be any problem with the movie- Brenda Chapman may have left for other reasons, so Andrews may just be finishing the job that was already being done well.

I'm still interested in this movie!
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Postby theoutsider1983 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:33 am

I know you guys won't like this. But somebody posted something on Cartoon Brew, and Flloyd Norman backed him up. I thought it was interesting.


What crap.
They **** Brenda over. Period.
They took a look at her movie and couldn’t fit it into any box they had, and so they took it away from her and gave it to someone else.
A movie that SHE concieved, She nurtured, and she worked hard to make a reality.
Then, they trumpet it to the heavens that “Pixar has a FEMALE director!!! Huzzah!”
So what happened? She made a movie that didn’t fit into the “Pixar mold”, and these guys are afraid of failure, so they make a few changes. One of those changes is that Brenda is no longer directing.
The Pixar powers that be smugly tell everybody that it’s all about the story and that it’s a director’s studio.
Sure it is.
Hypocrites in Hawaiian shirts and Razor scooters.


I remembering reading some where about a month ago (actually it was a post in the comment section about an article non Pixar related) about how Pixar was starting to become like other animation studios. That fun director driven studio atmosphere was changing. I know you can't believe everything people post, but it does make me think.
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Postby totoro » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:16 am

Yikes, this doesn't sound too good, if true...

Btw, here is the Cartoonbrew comments thread.
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