Where My Ladies At? Lego Edition!
I loved The Lego Movie. LOVED it. I thought it was, well, yes… awesome. My biggest criticism of it is a major criticism of almost every movie that comes out: the lack of female characters. It’s such a ubiquitous complaint that it usually goes without notice. It didn’t escape the notice, though, of Chris McKay, who was the Animation Co-Director on the first movie, and the sole director of the sequel.
I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it’s important. We have a lot of producers [who] were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: ‘Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?’ We were constantly responding to that question and that helped us make Wyldstyle a better character and Unikitty a more interesting character. I think it’s forcing us to look at how we make a sequel and turn that into something that’s more powerful and special.
Yes, Wyldstyle was a cool character, and having one female lead (plus Alison Brie’s supporting character Unikitty) is obviously better than none. But what do we think it does to girls and women to grow up being conditioned to only see one primary female character allowed to exist in any given situation? Don’t you think that might, even in a small way, contribute to the awful, generalized reputation women have for cattiness and competition? It warms my competitive, catty heart to hear a white male director recognizing the potential detriment of his own limited world view and looking to move beyond it.