“Lava,” as I hope you don’t recall, is the animated short that accompanies “Inside Out,” the otherwise wonderful new Pixar movie.
As I’ve said before, some cartoonists draw women as “visual aliens”; men are allowed to be earthy and funny-looking and part of a coherent visual universe, but women are there to be pretty. “Lava” is the most extreme example I’ve ever seen.
But it’s possible that the full-length “Minions” is even worse:
For the French animator, who co-directed the new film with Kyle Balda, the masculine-only nature of the Minions owes to their all-around cloddishness. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are, I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls,” he told TheWrap.
As often happens, this is sexism that is both anti-girl (because it implies that girls have less than the full range of human traits) and anti-boy (suggesting that boys are inherently “dumb and stupid”). But I certainly agree that the director has displayed a lack of imagination.
I haven’t seen “Minions,” but Reel Girl did, and found it to be the most sexist kids movie of the year.