The Jungle Book (2016)

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The Jungle Book
Rating: PG
Run Time: 106 minutes
Released: 2016
Director: Jon Favreau

 Cultural Rating: paw

The Jungle Book does not significantly challenge constructions of cultural identities. While the film examines the importance of accepting others for their differences, the film does very little to engage with gender, disability, sexual orientation, or the body. However, it should be noted that the film makes an attempt at racial diversity and is an improvement from Disney’s 1967 version of the film.

Summary: A boy, Mowgli, goes on a journey of self-discovery after he is forced to leave the pack of wolves who raised him.

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Finding Dory

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Finding Dory
Rating: PG
Run Time: 97 minutes
Released: 2016
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

 
Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

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.

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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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