But the film’s production team has drawn criticism from Southeast Asian viewers for casting East Asian actors in many of its most important roles, rather than Southeast Asian actors.
They are, umm, actors, you know, doing pretend and made up stuff?
It’s also a cartoon, meaning that slanty eyes and all that aren’t all that important.
An interesting question – at what level of granularity is this supposed to work? If a Korean (as here) should not play a Malay then, well, should it be OK for a Cockney to play a Mummerset? A Bronxite a Brooklynite?
The claim here is that East Asian and South East Asian is too high a level of that granularity to be acceptabl;e substitution. So, what’s the acceptable level?
And no, some level of “culture” isn’t enough. Given the differences in such that would mean no prole could ever play a bourgeois given the cultural differences….