Inside Out

Inside Out

Inside Out

Inside Out
Rating: PG
Run Time: 94 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film does an excellent job of addressing how major life events and adolescence influence the complexity of the emotional self. Further, it challenges stereotypes regarding gender.

Summary:

After Riley and her family move from the Midwest to San Francisco, they navigate the emotional difficulties of leaving their old lives behind. Personifications of Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness are used to show how the move is affecting the family, especially Riley.


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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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Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 115 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Elizabeth Banks
 

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

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.

Summary:

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.

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ParaNorman

ParaNorman
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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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Rating: PG
Run Time: 152 minutes
Released: 2001
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork, this film engages with multiple cultural identities by having strong male and female characters and positive depictions of various body types.

Summary

When Harry learns he is a wizard he attends his first year at Hogwarts and discovers secrets from his past.

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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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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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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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