Could not relate to damsel in distress formula in animation: Jill Culton
As somebody who grew up on animation movies, director Jill Culton says she could never relate to the damsel in distress idea of the princess films.
This is why when Culton joined the animation field, she promised herself to create self-empowered female characters like the one in her upcoming film Abominable.
With the film, Culton becomes the first female director to helm a full-length animation feature.
The director says it is high-time that creators in animation field worked towards eradicating such gender biases.
“When I was growing up, the only example I had of how a girl should be were princess movies. And I was not at all like that. I couldnt relate to it. I was a tomboy. I was sturdy and went for camping. Although I appreciated these movies, there was nothing in them which I could relate to.
So, when I decided to get into the field of animation, it was very important for me to create a strong female lead who was self-empowered and had her own mind. She is not afraid to get in trouble and also knows how to come out of it,” Culton told PTI in an interview.
A DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio co-production, Abominable revolves around a teenage girl Yi who meets a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai.
She and her friends, Jin and Peng, name him Everest and embark on a quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth Mount Everest.
For Culton, it was important to come up with a strong-headed female lead in her directorial debut as she believes thRead More – Source