Hey Arnold! The Movie

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Hey Arnold! The Movie
Rating: PG
Run Time: 75 Minutes
Released: 2002
Directed by: Tuck Tucker

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall, this film engages with race as one of the film’s lead characters is of color. Also, many different body types are present throughout the film.

Summary

When a giant corporation threatens Arnold’s neighborhood, he and his best friend embark on a mission to save the town.

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Hercules

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Hercules
Rating: G
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 1997
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall, this film does not seriously engage with marginalized cultural identities; however, Meg, the main female character, challenges traditional gender roles regarding femininity in some ways.

Summary

This Disney film, based on the classical mythology of Hercules, shows Hercules’ transition from a young boy into a hero. As Hercules tries to reclaim his immortality, he fights against Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, and falls in love along the way.

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Frozen

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Frozen
Rating: PG
Run Time: 102 minutes
Released: 2013
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Despite the popularity of this film, it is very neutral regarding cultural progressiveness. While some traditional gender roles are challenged by the lead female characters, the movie does not engage with racial diversity, disability, sexual orientation, or the body.

Summary

Two sisters torn apart by their differences must find a way to reconnect.

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Brave

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Brave
Rating: PG
Released: 2012
Run Time: 93 minutes
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

Overall, this film does an excellent job of challenging traditional roles regarding femininity.

Summary

Princess Merida and her mother, the Queen, don’t always agree on the ways princesses should behave, but when Merida seeks out a witch to change her mother, changes occur that she never expected.

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Big Hero 6

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Big Hero 6
Rating: PG
Released: 2014
Run Time: 102 minutes
Directed By: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw
In addition to promoting positive messages such as friendship, teamwork, and accepting yourself, Big Hero 6 does an excellent job at engaging with positive representations of gender, race/ethnicity, and the body.

Summary
Hiro Hamada, a young engineering prodigy, and his inflatable robot team up with their heroic friends to fight a high-tech villain.

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