A while ago, I wrote a long-ass article about a certain animated movie’s less-than-stellar treatment of its female character designs. It was not the first, last, or most popular post on the subject, but it did get over 19,000 notes, which is about 18,900 notes more than I…
So I actually saw Book of Life over the weekend, and this is actually pretty misleading in regards to that movie specifically. I’m sure the rest of the thing is full of good points, but as far as Book of Life goes, it’s not in the same category for two reasons:
1) The examples here show two prominent female characters, and then the “groupies”. There are at least two other, more visually distinct lady characters I can think of who get more screen time than the groupies, and others who are varied but more bg characters. (I’d name names, but they’re quasi-spoilers??)
2) The main dude, Manolo, not only looks like a palette swap of his dad, but is only a hairstyle and skin shade off from the OTHER main dude, Joaquin. The more exaggerated dudes are either bg characters or Xibalba (the villain.)
In short, the same facing is a bit more egalitarian and less prevalent than the above makes it sound like, at least for Book of Life. Not the writer’s fault, they were going off the trailer, but I’d hate to see the film see backlash like Frozen did for an extrapolation that isn’t accurate.