Could not relate to damsel in distress formula in animation: Jill Culton

I was sturdy and went for camping. The play on gender here is very different. The director says it is high-time that creators in animation field worked towards eradicating such gender biases. Studios are finally realising the need for female directors. That’s exciting. 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. When I was studying animation, out of the class of 19 there were only four women. The voice cast features Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin and Michelle Wong. With the film, Culton becomes the first female director to helm a full-length animation feature. That is, kind of a take on the modern times. More Explained

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She says it was a long wait for her to get her first offer as a director but she is happy with the kind of opportunities women are getting now. “I have been in this field for 29 years. “But that was not the case before. 0
Comment(s) Although I appreciated these movies, there was nothing in them which I could relate to. 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. Popular Photos

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For Culton, it was important to come up with a strong-headed female lead in her directorial debut as she believes there is a long-due shift the society needs to go through when it comes to gender roles. And now that same school of animation has 60 per cent women in the batch. Advertising

“When I was growing up, the only example I had of how a girl should be were princess movies. 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. And I was not at all like that. I was a tomboy. But I think there is hope. I think it is high time to shake up how people perceive gender roles.”
Culton started as an animator on the first Toy Story movie which came out in 1995. I have done every kind of work from animation to design to character design etc. I couldn’t relate to it. It has taken a really long time for me to direct a film. What we did in Abominable’ is that another character, he is the friend of Yi and he is the one who is afraid when they finally start on the journey to take Everest back to his home in Himalayas. Advertising

A Universal Pictures project, Abominable is co-directed by Todd Wilderman. “He doesn’t want to get dirty and is busy on his Instagram feed. Advertising

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. She is not afraid to get in trouble and also knows how to come out of it,” Culton told PTI in an interview.