Yoo Jae-myung, animation director of The Legend of Korra, discusses Nickelodeons initial hesitancy to accept Mike and Bryans proposal of the show… and Korra. [Cont.]
“When you take a look at protagonists in American animations, they are male. There are rarely any female protagonists.
The creators and our studio demanded Nickelodeon that they change their mind since we had already decided on a female character with an androgynous appeal.
We wouldn’t take no for an answer and we finally got their approval.
It’s rare, having a a heroine, right?”
“Maybe that’s why it became so popular.”
“I’m not sure. Everyone had doubts and was worried at first. But as the series gained more popularity, we realized that having heroines could actually work.”