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That’s what little girls are made of

That's what little girls are made of

My one issue with Pixar – aside from the Cars franchise – has always been their failure to ever produce a female protagonist.

Granted there have been some memorable characters, but given their status as the pre-eminent dream machine for the Western world’s children, I’ve always wished they could conjure up some brilliant heroine to drag young girls’ attention from that miserable and relentlessly passive Bella in the Twilight saga (If you’ve never read this, do)) and quietly inspire them.

Enter the new trailer for Brave:

A family film about a princess with narry a mention of Prince Charming? I am a firm believer in the notion that light-hearted commercial blockbusters are exactly the kind of place where children form their conceptions of gender roles and their limits. I can’t yet comment on this film’s quality, but this trailer firmly suggests that come its release, millions of girls, boys, men and women will sit and watch a story about a young female struggling and no doubt succeeding to become master of her own dominion. Even a cursory glance over the rest of 2012’s commercial release schedule will tell you how grateful I am for that.

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