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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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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Cinderella (2015)

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Cinderella (2015)
Rating: PG
Run Time: 105 minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Kenneth Brannagh

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Cinderella is very neutral regarding cultural progressiveness. While some traditional gender roles are challenged by the lead female and male characters, the film does very little to engage with disability, sexual orientation, or the body. However, it should be noted that the film makes an attempt at racial diversity.

Summary: Now an orphan, Cinderella must find a way to escape from her evil stepmother and stepsisters.

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X-Men: First Class

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X-Men: First Class
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2011
Run Time: 132 minutes
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

Cultural ratingpawpaw

This film addresses notions of Othering and also sends the positive message that a person shouldn’t change who they are just to “fit in” to society.

Summary

A group of misfit mutants band together to stop a villain from causing war and taking over the world.

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The Big Green

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The Big Green
Rating: PG
Released: 1995
Run Time: 100 minutes
Directed By: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Cultural ratingpawpawpaw

Despite the comedic format of the film, The Big Green tackles some very complicated issues regarding class and race stereotypes. Overall, this film does a great job of engaging with cultural identities in a positive way and offers an often ignored narrative regarding immigration into the United States.

Summary

A soccer team made-up of misfits shows that with dedication and teamwork anything is possible.

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The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie
Rating: PG
Run Time: 101 minutes
Released: 2014
Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Cultural Ratingpawpawpaw

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.

Summary:

Emmet and WyldSytle team-up to prevent President Business from taking over the Lego universe.

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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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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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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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