Sony Pictures Animation posted this awesome interview with Lauren Faust (Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, My Little Pony), and, although it’s already made the rounds on better sites than this one, it’s too good not to talk about here as well.
I love this interview for many reasons, not the least of which is the way Lauren describes her youthful, incipient interest in animation. Continued interest in drawing (outside of fine art), comics, and animated films after a certain age has been so heavily stigmatized in the US, especially for girls, it is great to hear a successful professional talk about experiencing feeling like an outsider and eventually finding “her people.”
I also really love that she brings up the struggles of pitching animated shows that appeal to girls. I had the pleasure of hearing Lauren speak at a director’s panel for Women in Animation a while ago, and there, as here, she struck me as an ideal voice for more equitable representation in animation; she is passionate about the issue, articulate, and has the professional experience to back up her position.
FInally, I am really excited at the prospect of her as director of Medusa. While most versions of this story tend to focus on the moment when the ‘hero’ rushes in and steals her head, Medusa is a much more interesting and tragic figure in Greek mythology, and seems like the perfect character for a really creative retelling. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for news about this new feature!