A word on the mouths of my little girls.
What was initially a simple design decision turned out to be much more interesting than expected when, after the first Cute Girl show, I was confronted mainly with questions about the fact that none of the girls had mouths. Of course this was interpreted by many as some kind of feminist statement on voicelessness, anonymity, a state of powerlessness, etc… etc… to my horror! I just thought they were cuter without having obvious mouths: notice they also don’t seem to have noses, fingernails, upper-lip hair, and in many instances, bones.
The mouths are there, indeed they’re quite monstrous!
I think there’s a lot of power in hiding the secret weapon. Maybe that’s why I’m old-fashioned and a fan of long skirts, mild manners and recently the whole idea of “cute” … it’s possibly a distraction from the fact that – ah! – I’ve got a pistol/uzi/ninja star hidden in my handbag (figuratively speaking, of course)!
And then again, maybe I’ve just watched and been influenced by too many studio Ghibli films growing up.