Thursday, 2 April 2015

Disney Overalls: Kida

You know what's interesting about Atlantis: The Lost Empire? It has probably the greatest number of named female characters in the cast of any Disney animated movie (Helga Sinclair, Wilhelmina Packard, Audrey Ramirez, Kidagakash), and yet none of these women actually talk to one another.

Well, except for this one exchange right before the Leviathan attacks.

Helga Sinclair: It [the sound of the approaching Leviathan] could be our engines echoing off the rocks.
Wilhelmina Packard: [annoyed] You want to do my job?

I don't require a movie to pass the Bechdel test before I'll admit to enjoying it, but it is an interesting thing to observe. Audrey was an engineer, for example. It would not have been implausible for Kida to approach her before Milo (a linguist) for help in activating the ancient hover-vehicles ... unless, of course, Milo hadn't managed to explain what an engineer was in his and Kida's earlier conversation where she was trying to figure out who was who.

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