Zootopia

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Zootopia
Rating: PG
Run Time: 108 minutes
Released: 2016
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush
 

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw
This film does a great job of exploring notions of “Othering” and the detrimental effects of stereotypes by addressing important concepts that include the body and gender. This Disney film is self-aware in many respects, adding a layer of complexity to the film.

Summary: An unlikely duo, a rabbit and a fox, become friends and save the city of Zootopia.

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The Good Dinosaur

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The Good Dinosaur
Rating: PG
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Peter Sohn
 

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

This film includes important themes such as dealing with fear and loss. In addition, the film addresses stereotypes about the body.

Summary:

An unlikely pair, a dinosaur (Arlo) and a human (Spot), become friends as Arlo tries to find his way back home.

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The Giver

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The Giver
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 97 minutes
Released: 2014
Director: Phillip Noyce

 Cultural Rating: pawpaw
This film does little to challenge dominant media narratives regarding cultural identities. However, the film does address important topics that include knowledge production, questioning authority, and the significance of difference.

Summary: In a dystopian community devoid of individuality, feelings, and choice, Jonas is given the opportunity to learn about different people, places, and experiences.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Rating: G
Run Time: 91 minutes
Released: 1996
Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
 

Cultural Rating: pawpaw
This film offers a complex depiction of disability, race/ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. Given that it includes dark themes and attempts to subvert stereotypes through the regular use of hateful acts by an “evil” character, this film is suitable for a mature audience who understands its subversive potential.

Summary: 
Two social outcasts, Quasimodo and Esmeralda, come together to fight an evil politician who threatens their freedom and their lives.

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Word of the Week: Islamophobia

The word of the week is Islamophobia. What does Islamophobia mean to you? How do we see this word used in the media? What are some of the implications of this word? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or the “Discussions” page.

Hotel Transylvania 2

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Hotel Transylvania 2
Rating: PG
Run Time: 89 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

 Cultural Rating: paw
This film does little to engage with any major cultural identity themes. However, the film does address important notions regarding representation, stereotyping, and the Other.
Summary: Dracula attempts to bring out the “monster” in his half-human, half-monster grandson.

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