It has been observed that every Pixar movie to date has basically been a guys' flick. Yes, sometimes the male protagonists get a fair bit of help from a female sidekick or two (most notably Jessie in Toy Story 2 and Dory in Finding Nemo), and of course there is the occasional significant love interest (e.g. A Bug's Life, Cars, WALL-E), but after ten movies, Pixarland would seem to be a man's world ... or a boy's world ... or both.
That will apparently change, however, when Pixar releases The Bear and the Bow on Christmas Day 2011 (only six months after Cars 2 -- making this the first time Pixar has released two films in the same year). This will be Pixar's 13th movie ... or, if you want to dodge the "unlucky" number, you could ignore the Cars and Toy Story sequels and say it will be Pixar's 10th all-original story.
The Pixar Blog (a fan-based thing, not an official outlet by any means) reports:
The movie, being directed by Brenda Chapman and billed as "Pixar's first fairy tale" is, as we've known for a while, centred around a "brave" Scottish Princess Merida, voiced by Reese Witherspoon.Brenda Chapman, FWIW, was one of the three directors who worked on 1998's The Prince of Egypt for DreamWorks. And according to Wikipedia, "Chapman is only the third woman ever to direct an animated film (Lotte Reiniger of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and Arna Selznick of The Care Bears Movie, came before her). She is married to Disney director and animator Kevin Lima." (Lima's credits include 1995's A Goofy Movie, 1999's Tarzan and 2007's Enchanted.)
So, make of that what you will.
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 29 June 2010 - 10:34 AM.