Despicable Me

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Despicable Me
Rating: PG
Run Time: 95 Minutes
Released: 2010
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
 

Cultural Rating: paw

Although Despicable Me depicts a non-traditional family unit, the film does very little to engage with race, disability, sexual orientation, or gender.

Summary:

A criminal mastermind learns how to love and changes for the better when he adopts three foster children to use in his evil scheme.

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The Emperor’s New Groove

The Emperor’s New Groove
Rating: G
Run Time: 78 Minutes
Released: 2000
Director: Mark Dindal

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

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.

Summary:

After being turned into a llama, Emperor Kuzco seeks the help of courageous llama herder, Pacha, to regain the throne.

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ParaNorman

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ParaNorman
Rating: PG
Run Time: 92 minutes
Released: 2012
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

 Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film is significant in that it features the first self-identified gay character in a mainstream children’s animated film. The film also promotes family togetherness and teamwork but does little to engage with other cultural identities.

Summary

Norman uses his gift of communication with the paranormal to release an evil spirit that has been haunting the town of Blithe Hollow for hundreds of years.

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The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 
Rating: PG
Released: 2004
Run Time: 87 minutes
Directed by: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne

Cultural rating: pawpawpaw

Overall, this film does not largely challenge different aspects of cultural identities but does an excellent job of expanding the rigid definition of traditional masculinity.

Summary

After King Neptune’s prized crown is stolen, SpongeBob and Patrick must embark on a dangerous adventure to acquire the crown and save Bikini Bottom.

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Shrek the Third

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Shrek the Third
Rating: PG
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 2007
Director: Chris Miller, Raman Hui

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

The film does an excellent job of challenging popular notions regarding body ideals, beauty ideals, and gender but does very little involving racial diversity, disability, and sexual orientation.

Summary

Things quickly go awry when Shrek and Donkey set out to find the next heir to the throne of Far Far Away.

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Tangled

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Tangled
Rating: PG
Run Time: 100 minutes
Released: 2010
Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw
Overall, this film includes positive messages regarding gender roles, the body, and disability. This film receives 4 paws because it challenges a number cultural tropes in a positive way.

Summary
A kidnapped princess with magical hair and a thief go on an adventure to follow their dreams and find their true selves.

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The Incredibles

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The Incredibles
Rating: PG
Run Time: 115 minutes
Released: 2004
Director: Brad Bird

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall this film challenges traditional gender roles regarding masculinity and femininity to an extent; however, the film does little to engage in other marginalized cultural identities. 

Summary

A superhero family must work together to defeat a villain who is trying to eliminate the superhero do-gooders of the world.

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Ratatouille

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Ratatouille
Rating: G
Run Time: 111 minutes
Released: 2007
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

 Cultural Rating: paw

While there are many positive messages about friendship and living your dream, the film does little to engage with any type of cultural identities.

Summary

Rats and kitchens don’t make for a good combination until a daring rat, who dreams of being a chef, makes an unlikely friendship with another aspiring chef.

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Mulan

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Mulan
Rating: G
Run Time: 88 minutes
Released: 1998
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Cultural Ratingpawpawpaw

Overall, this film does an excellent job of questioning rigid gender roles regarding femininity. Further, although the film may generalize “Chinese culture,” it does present a culture that is rarely represented in the media.

 Summary

To save her father from serving in the war against the Huns, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place and ultimately proves herself to be an honorable Chinese warrior.

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Shrek

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Shrek
Rating: PG
Run Time: 90 minutes
Released: 2001
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

The film does an excellent job of challenging traditional notions of body image, body ideals, and beauty ideals, but does very little to engage with gender roles, racial diversity, disability, and sexual orientation.

Summary

To reclaim the swamp, Shrek and Donkey embark on a journey to save Princess Fiona.

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