Brontes get an action makeover

Grrr! Argh! The sisters become the bookish, butt-kicking heroes of our nerdy dreams

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published May 10, 2010 3:11PM (EDT)

Hey, girls! Tired of fancy princesses and vaguely slutty "fashion" dolls? How about something with the awesome superpowers of fiction's greatest troika: the Brontë sisters?

Before they wrote and directed "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," Phil Lord and Chris Miller created this grin-inducing fake commercial for the kind of Super X-Treme Mega History Heroes that bookish, nerdy kids only dream of. No one can be certain if Anne Brontë ever actually declared, "I wrote 'Agnes Grey'! GRRRRRRR!" But it sure is fun to imagine her with all the "barrier-breaking feminist vision" of a robot dinosaur.  This is YouTube perfection -- we only wish Lord and Miller had thrown in a fire-breathing Elizabeth Gaskell.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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