George Lucas has built a blockbuster empire and indelibly shaped today’s tentpole movie culture by channeling the wants and desires of teenage boys. Largely missing from that culture? Movies about girls.
Lucas acknowledges as much in a new TV interview with CBS This morning. “I did Star Wars for 12-year-old boys,” he recalls. “I have three girls… and I figured I’ll make one of these [adventure films] for girls, because you’re not supposed to make movies for girls.”
An animated musical made over 15 years, Strange Magic takes place in a fairy world using preexisting songs and, like Frozen, takes as one of its main themes the difference between infatuation and true love.
Lucas then expressed some discontent with the marketing of Strange Magic: “This one’s got monsters and swordfighting and all that kind of stuff, which they’re playing up. They’re [playing] down the music and the fairies,” he grumbled. It’s rare and refreshing to hear a filmmaker as established as Lucas speak so frankly about Hollywood’s institutional sexism. He also takes a couple of swipes at The Academy (which he is not a member of) about their lack of diversity.
Strange Magic opens January 23. The relevant portion of the interview runs from 1:57 to 4:04.
[via CBS News]