Posted at 10:30 AM Jun 08, 2009By Andrea Grimes
In an open letter to Pixar, Holmes makes a simple plea: "Please, please make one about a girl who isn't a princess."
Holmes makes a great point, here. There's nothing wrong with princess movies. But can't we give little girls another narrative? Kids who consume popular culture use films like Up as take-off points for their own imaginative play; don't we owe it to little girls to give them a character besides "princess," however spunky and self-sufficient said princess might be?
I don't like to make movies political, especially kids' movies, if I can help it. Sometimes a princess is just a princess and should be taken as such.
At the same time, little Russell, in Up, is Asian-American, right? And that's not a big plot point; presumably, he just is because there's no particular reason he shouldn't be. You don't need him to be, but you don't need him not to be, either. It's not politics; it's just seeing the whole big world.
Well, the whole big world has a lot of little girls in it, too. And not all of them are princesses -- and the ones who are princesses have plenty of movies to watch.