DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
GUYS THIS IS BASED ON ‘THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY’ BY ADAM REX AND I AM READING IT RIGHT NOW AND IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY AMAZING AND MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS SHE DOESN’T HAVE HER SWEET-ASS AFRO PUFFS SHE HAS IN THE ILLUSTRATIONS.
The character is Gratuity Tucci and when her planet is taken over by aliens (who also take her mom) who declare it theirs because they discovered it, she sets off on a road trip (she taught herself to drive, ‘crazygood, as good as nascar’ she says) to the human relocation area of Florida where she meets up with a Boov (one of the aliens) named J-Lo who decides to stick with her. She isn’t pleased.
I’m not done yet but oh my god, it’s really great. She also has a cat named Pig. Who joins her on the road trip. As one does.
OH MY GOD THEY’RE DOING SMEKDAY THIS COULD BE SO AWESOME OH MY GOD PLEASE DON’T EFF IT UP DREAMWORKS!!!
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon. These photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.