The Emperor’s New Groove
Run Time: 78 Minutes
Director: Mark Dindal
Although The Emperor’s New Groove depicts a non-white, non-Western culture, the film does very little to engage with disability, sexual orientation, or gender.
After being turned into a llama, Emperor Kuzco seeks the help of courageous llama herder, Pacha, to regain the throne.
Pitch Perfect 2
Run Time: 115 Minutes
Director: Elizabeth Banks
This film does a good job of fostering “girl power” and including a diverse group of positive female characters in the storyline. However, the film’s use of satire complicates its attempt to subvert tired stereotypes regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation.
After an a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, are suspended from performing in the Aca-Circuit, they take on the challenge of competing in an international competition to regain their status as performers.
Run Time: 105 minutes
Director: Kenneth Brannagh
Cinderella is very neutral regarding cultural progressiveness. While some traditional gender roles are challenged by the lead female and male characters, the film does very little to engage with disability, sexual orientation, or the body. However, it should be noted that the film makes an attempt at racial diversity.
Summary: Now an orphan, Cinderella must find a way to escape from her evil stepmother and stepsisters.
X-Men: First Class
Run Time: 132 minutes
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
This film addresses notions of Othering and also sends the positive message that a person shouldn’t change who they are just to “fit in” to society.
A group of misfit mutants band together to stop a villain from causing war and taking over the world.
The Princess and the Frog
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker
This film is notable because it stars the first black Disney princess. However, Tiana is a frog for the majority of the film. Further, the film adheres to many stereotypes regarding race, disability, class, and religion.
Tiana, an aspiring restaurant owner, turns into a frog to save Prince Naveen from a curse.