Is Pixar Woke Enough?

Excerpt From a Conversation I Had About Using Correct Statistics in the Narrative on Movie Visibility

Orrin Konheim
3 min readJun 20, 2024

Original Comment:
“Pixar has released 28 feature films. 26.5 were directed by men. I say 26.5 because Brenda Chapman was replaced by Mark Andrews while making “Brave” due to creative differences with John Lasseter. However, the two ended up sharing a director credit.

”Turning Red” is their lone film started and finished by a female director.

As for non-white males, they’ve only directed two of their 28 films. Peter Sohn directed “The Good Dinosaur” and “Elemental”.

So if my calculations are correct, that’s 24.5 out of 28 Pixar films (87.5%) directed by white males between 1995–2024.

Andrew Stanton directing Toy Story is nothing more than business as usual at Pixar. I’m sure it’ll be great, but it means nothing for the cause.”

My response:
“First of all, this is incorrect as Kemp Powers co-directed Soul. Let’s also note that the film also had a Black people writing, co-starring in the film, and co-score writing as well.

Secondly, Peter Sohn went out of his way to cast no white actors in Elemental. Wendy McLoven-Coverly and Catherine…

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Orrin Konheim

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