Pixar’s First Female Director No More: Brenda Chapman Fired

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:44 Written by  Matt Molgaard
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Pixar’s First Female Director No More: Brenda Chapman Fired

The public hasn’t heard an explanation yet, but Cartoon Brew is reporting that Brave director Brenda Chapman has been relieved of duty. Apparently Mark Andrews has been promoted to the director’s chair for the upcoming Pixar feature.

Mark Andrews seems a capable replacement as he’s worked as a story artist at Pixar, as well as directed the impressive short One Man Band. However, the real news isn’t Andrews’ qualifications so much as his gender.

To date, not a single Pixar film has been directed by a female. It seemed exciting news last month when we reported that Brenda Chapman would make cinematic history by helming Brave. So much for history in the making.

In all likelihood the criticism this maneuver will (probably) generate for Pixar will prompt a press release sooner rather than later. I for one am curious to hear the reasoning behind the positional shift.

Care to Speculate?

Source: Joblo

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