9:55 pm - 04/26/2014

The Lego Movie filmmaker promises more 'strong females' in the sequel

It has made over $400 million at the international box-office already, but the director of The Lego Movie sequel Chris McKay said fans have plenty to look forward with the second film - especially female fans.
The animated hit features feisty femme Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) as one of the central characters, but McKay believes there needs to be more gender equality next time around.
'I’m not sure our movie passes the Bechdel test entirely and I think that it's important,' he told MailOnline.

'For us we have a lot of producers that 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.'
The US filmmaker served as the animation co-director on The Lego Movie, before being given the pat on the shoulder by Warner Bros. studios to direct the inevitable follow-up.

Having worked in the industry for over a decade, McKay is more than aware of the gender imbalance in Hollywood and sited the Bechdel test as a relevant benchmark.

The test was named after American cartoonist Alison Bechdel who set the criteria for a work of fiction to pass as needing: at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

In a new study examining 1615 films released from 1990 to 2013, it showed films that passed the Bechdel test were just as profitable as those that didn't.
Cate Blanchett addressed Hollywood's notion female-led movies weren't as popular in March when she accepted the best actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine.
'Those in the industry who are foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women in the centre are niche experiences. They are not,” she said in her speech.
'Audiences want to see them. In fact they earn money.'

McKay agrees with her, and points to the success of recent female led films like The Hunger Games franchise and Frozen as evidence that they hold up at the box-office.
'Sexism is something that's part of our culture and something that we need to adjust,' he said.

'People, when they make movies, they have a responsibility to at least examine that.
'Obviously you have to look at the kind of story you’re trying to tell and the theme, but people don't underestimate the value of hard, cool female characters who have their own agency.
'That’s the thing we’re not doing enough as filmmakers.'


I wish more animation studios pointed out their shortcomings.
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scriptedending 27th-Apr-2014 03:01 am (UTC)
Sounds good, let's see it in action!
andres01234 27th-Apr-2014 03:01 am (UTC)
yunaresuka 27th-Apr-2014 03:01 am (UTC)
I loved this movie, I can't wait for the sequel ahhhh
alfendi 27th-Apr-2014 03:02 am (UTC)
This movie was so fun to watch in a theater. I adore watching good comedies with tons of people laughing with you.
killerqueen 27th-Apr-2014 07:20 am (UTC)
Mte, it's been one of my favorite theater experiences.
superdogbiter 27th-Apr-2014 03:04 am (UTC)
oh boy oh boy i hope the sequel is good
hollis1975 27th-Apr-2014 03:04 am (UTC)

sandstorm 27th-Apr-2014 03:04 am (UTC)

hollis1975 27th-Apr-2014 03:05 am (UTC)
super rich!!! kinda makes it better!!
freemywilly 27th-Apr-2014 03:36 am (UTC)

xoxgoodbye 27th-Apr-2014 04:38 am (UTC)
This is the best. Lego Batman is honestly my fave Batman
mutantjules 27th-Apr-2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
hollis1975 27th-Apr-2014 03:05 am (UTC)
loved this movie so much. cant wait to buy the blue ray
sandstorm 27th-Apr-2014 03:06 am (UTC)
June 17th!!!

hollis1975 27th-Apr-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
omg such a long wait.
saintvlas22 27th-Apr-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Someone give them a medal, I guess

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therearewords 27th-Apr-2014 10:32 am (UTC)
I know right? Could have made the little boy a girl and the annoying sibling not a girl, weird how they only thought of it after getting in the big bucks, and so on, and so on.
derrobitch 27th-Apr-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
yasss please put your money where your mouth is and do it

in semi-related news, i know the other woman wasn't a very good movie but it's still gonna make bank at the box office and i'm really happy
sandstorm 27th-Apr-2014 03:09 am (UTC)
in semi-related news, i know the other woman wasn't a very good movie but it's still gonna make bank at the box office and i'm really happy

That doesn't stop a lot of movies. Still cool!
hjohnson 27th-Apr-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
the girls from my work want to see it on Monday and I have zero desire to. Was there anything redeemable about it?
my_dear_watson7 27th-Apr-2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Nicki Minaj
whizzingfizbee 27th-Apr-2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
I thought it was pretty funny actually. Leslie Mann's neuroticism was brilliant.
soul_amazinn 27th-Apr-2014 03:07 am (UTC)
I didn't expect to love it so much. I was more into it than kids

Sometimes I randomly sing the everything is awesome song. So good. I'd love a sequel.

Edited at 2014-04-27 03:08 am (UTC)
destroyedatsea 27th-Apr-2014 06:04 am (UTC)
I went out for brunch with my family a couple of weeks ago, my sister, myself and I ended up singing everything is awesome with our server. It was an experience. That song is like mental crack.
soul_amazinn 27th-Apr-2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
LOL aww that's awesome.
wackypinkbunny 27th-Apr-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
WildStyle sucked as a character though. I'm scared to think of what she was before they decided to make her "stronger." Her only strength was that she was a master builder, other than that she only existed for the protagonist.
sandstorm 27th-Apr-2014 03:18 am (UTC)
While it does seem like they subscribe to the mentality that strong women character = acting like a guy, I hope they can get it straight in the next three years.
rikushairflip 27th-Apr-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
I agree and disagree. She was independent, strong, smart, and kind. I think she was more developed than the rest minus the main guy/the villain.

I do think it was BS we are told anyone can be the chosen one yet it is still Emmet or whatever who saves the day not Wild Style. Plus her being dumb and sticking with batman and his bs.
emptyobsidian 27th-Apr-2014 04:07 am (UTC)
I liked certain parts of her character and hated others. I think they can do better.
violue 27th-Apr-2014 03:16 am (UTC)
... oop now "everything is awesome" is playing in my head

lmao i loved that song, and the friend I saw the movie with hated it... so I thought it was fucking hilarious when I made him sit through the credits and there ended up being an "unplugged" version
weatherstaff 27th-Apr-2014 03:17 am (UTC)

Anyways, all of my friends and I have decided that my boyfriend is the human embodiment of Uni-kitty.
usagidropicons 27th-Apr-2014 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm really excited for a sequel This movie was so so good
freemywilly 27th-Apr-2014 03:35 am (UTC)
Business, business, business. Numbers. Is this working?
sandstorm 27th-Apr-2014 03:36 am (UTC)
I have the shirt that says this I'm not even ashamed.
freemywilly 27th-Apr-2014 03:46 am (UTC)
Omg, can I see it?!
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