Run Time: 107 minutes
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
This film is a particular example of Disney’s recent move toward more inclusive narratives that attempt to meaningfully represent underrepresented or misrepresented identities in society (in this case, Polynesian cultures). The film not only addresses important notions of individual and collective identity but also includes a nuanced character, Moana, who is willing to go against the grain and do what she feels is right.
Moana, who is in line to become the next chief of Motunui, must go on a journey in the ocean to save her village from a blight by restoring the heart of Te Fiti.
Run Time: 91 minutes
Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Overall, the film offers a problematic narrative about power and oppression (see talking point).This film mostly adheres to traditional gender roles and reinforces stereotypes regarding the body and disability.
Summary: Minions are recruited by a supervillain, Scarlet Overkill, to help take over the world.
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Run Time: 108 minutes
Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
This film addresses the importance of persistence despite setbacks and fears; however, the film does not appear to engage with identity in a meaningful way as it regularly uses stereotypes regarding identity topics, such as race/ethnicity, the disabled body, the fat body, and gender, for laughs and subplots.
Summary: A struggling theater owner, koala Buster Moon, begins a singing competition to help save his theater.
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Run Time: 97 minutes
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
This film focuses on different life experiences, both positive and negative, involving an invisible disability. Additionally, the film emphasizes the importance of friendship and family.
Summary: Dory, a blue tang fish, is on a quest to find her mother and father as she deals with the daily challenges of short-term memory loss.