Dr. Ed Catmull, President
Pixar Animation Studios
1200 Park Avenue
Emeryville, California 94608
Robert A. Iger, Chief Executive Officer
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-9722
Dear Dr. Catmull and Mr. Iger,
We read Linda Holmes’s wonderful letter to Pixar (link below) asking you to create a feature film with a girl or women as the main character. We’ve had enough of Disney princesses with doe eyes and Barbie doll bodies. We love your inventive, brilliant movies. We know you have it in you. We loved feisty Princess Atta in A Bug’s Life and Dreamworks' Princess Fiona of Shrek was our kind of girl, but the stories weren’t theirs to tell, nor the journeys theirs to take. We want a female LEAD character, a nonprincess LEAD character who is complex and interesting. While you’re at it, could you give her a passion for something other than fashion and shopping, and how about a realistic body type Girls are 25% of characters in animated films and 52% of the population. Research tells us boys care less about gender than interesting characters. They’ll watch if she’s cool enough. Come on, give us just one. If you make it, we will come to the theaters in droves. Promise!
Your concerned customers
Linda Holmes’s wonderful letter to Pixar: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/06/dear_pixar_from_all_the_girls.htmlsc=fb&cc=fp
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