Disney Pixar want to tell ‘more diverse stories’
19 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Lasseter said Disney Pixar was ‘really paying attention’ to diversity
Disney Pixar chief John Lasseter has said the company wants to make more diverse stories about “female and ethnic characters”.
“It’s very important to us,” Lasseter told reporters at Cannes Film Festival, where the latest Pixar film Inside Out has screened out of competition.
“It’s grown in importance over time. As you’ll see in future films, we’re really paying attention to that.”
He had been asked if Pixar would make a film with a black protagonist.
Disney first featured a black princess in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, but Pixar, which was bought by Disney in 2006, has yet to feature a non-white lead character.
“We’re trying to reach out and find origins of legends all over the world,” revealed Lasseter, pointing to Disney’s 2016 film Moana, about a Polynesian princess, adding: “It’s pretty spectacular.”
Pixar’s new film Inside Out features the emotions inside protagonist Riley’s head
Amy Poehler – who voices Joy in Inside Out – appeared with Lasseter at the film’s premiere in Cannes
Source:: BBC Entertainment