The Princess and the Frog

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The Princess and the Frog
Rating: G
Released: 2009
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

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.

Summary

Tiana, an aspiring restaurant owner, turns into a frog to save Prince Naveen from a curse.

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Shrek 2

Shrek 2

Shrek 2
Rating: PG
Run Time: 93 minutes
Released: 2004
Director: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon

Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

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

Summary

Things quickly go awry when Princess Fiona’s parents meet her new husband, an ogre.

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Aladdin

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Aladdin
Rating: G
Run Time: 90 minutes
Released: 1992
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cultural Rating: paw 

Overall, this film mostly adheres to traditional gender roles and reinforces stereotypes regarding race. While it is noteworthy that Disney attempts to portray a non-white non-western culture, the construction of the people of Agrabah as a generic Middle Eastern “Other” culture is problematic as elements of numerous Middle Eastern cultures across time and space are reduced to a singular stereotype.

Summary

In this Disney classic, the penniless Aladdin of Agrabah (a fictional depiction of a Middle-Eastern empire) attempts to impress the beautiful Princess Jasmine with the help of a genie.

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