Try as they might, the movie industry just can’t seem to get their female to male ratio to reflect the real world.
Think Star Wars and their one token main female character Rey, who made it into the movie but not into associated products such as toys.
Or the Power Ranger’s reboot with their dismal two to four ratio of women to men.
Who would have thought it would have been the Smurfs franchise that would provide the formula for feminism for Hollywood? And don’t think I’m forgetting the fact that for most of it’s 60-year history, Smurfs has featured one female smurf only.
Yep, thanks for Smurfette guys, but only one? Really?
Well, talk about correcting their huge mistake. Talk about fixing things without being asked.
Talk about watching Moana and deciding to follow suit by striving for equality of storyline.
Here’s how they’ve done it.
Smurfs: The Lost Village, the latest installment of the franchise, centres on Smurfette, who is voiced by Demi Lovato. As the only female of the species, she suffers an identity crisis of sorts. She stumbles upon a mysterious map and sets off with some of her male counterparts to follow the map and find the Forbidden Forest.
An unfortunate name for the forest actually because it turns out that it contains…
AN ENTIRE VILLAGE OF FEMALE SMURFS.
The commander of the girl smurfs is Smurf Willow, voiced by Julia Roberts – who pretty much celebrates girl power the entire time except when she flirts with Papa Smurf.
Stay on script people! Smurfs does feminism. Flirting is not required.