She’s now an Oscar winner but most people knew that Brenda Chapman had been fired off of Brave and another director given the opportunity to “fix” what was wrong. What WAS wrong? Hear that sound? That is the sound of a million Pixar fan laments that it wasn’t as good as Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc. The Pixar branded no-likey that Pixar had gone in a different direction, namely the usual Pixar (Hollywood) paradigm of male on top, male discovering self, male growing up, with the help of a plucky female! The story works because we’ve all been so conditioned as audiences that we can’t really seem to accept anyone who messes with the structure. For some of us, we have to come off like militant feminists who rail against the status quo because no one else seems to mind – as long as money is being made, who really cares?