The Jungle Book
Run Time: 106 minutes
Director: Jon Favreau
The Jungle Book does not significantly challenge constructions of cultural identities. While the film examines the importance of accepting others for their differences, the film does very little to engage with gender, disability, sexual orientation, or the body. However, it should be noted that the film makes an attempt at racial diversity and is an improvement from Disney’s 1967 version of the film.
Summary: A boy, Mowgli, goes on a journey of self-discovery after he is forced to leave the pack of wolves who raised him.
The Lego Movie
Run Time: 101 minutes
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Overall, this film challenges stereotypes regarding masculinity and femininity and engages with a number of other marginalized identities (the body, disability). However, the film does little regarding sexual orientation and race.
Emmet and WyldSytle team-up to prevent President Business from taking over the Lego universe.
Run Time: 100 minutes
Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
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.
A kidnapped princess with magical hair and a thief go on an adventure to follow their dreams and find their true selves.