Pocahontas

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Pocahontas
Rating: G
Released: 1995
Run Time: 81 minutes
Directed By: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg

Cultural ratingpawpaw

Overall, this film tries to engage with a marginalized identity (Native Americans) that is rarely depicted in mainstream media in a positive or uplifting manner; however, the film lacks the historical context necessary to situate the audience as far as the detrimental effects of colonization are concerned and also makes broad generalizations about Native American groups. Also, while Pocahontas challenges traditional gender roles regarding femininity in a number of ways, the film does little to engage with other marginalized cultural identities.

Summary

The daughter of Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, is expected to marry an Algonquin suitor. However, despite the pressures from her father, Pocahontas resists the marriage and falls in love with Englishman John Smith.

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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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Mulan

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Mulan
Rating: G
Run Time: 88 minutes
Released: 1998
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Cultural Ratingpawpawpaw

Overall, this film does an excellent job of questioning rigid gender roles regarding femininity. Further, although the film may generalize “Chinese culture,” it does present a culture that is rarely represented in the media.

 Summary

To save her father from serving in the war against the Huns, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place and ultimately proves herself to be an honorable Chinese warrior.

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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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Little Giants

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Little Giants
Rating: PG
Run Time: 107 minutes
Released: 1994
Director: Duwayne Dunham

Cultural Rating: pawpawpaw

Overall, this film includes positive messages regarding gender roles and the rejection of capitalism and capitalistic ideology (competition).

Summary

After not being selected for the town’s little league football team, a group of misfits ban together to prove that they deserve a spot on the field.

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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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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rating: PG-13
Released: 2005
Run Time: 157 minutes
Directed By: Mike Newell

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

In addition to positive messages regarding friendship and teamwork this film engages with gender by having strong male and female characters.

Summary

Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament during his fourth year at Hogwarts.

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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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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 124 minutes
Released: 2011
Director: Joe Johnston

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall, this film does a good job of challenging gender roles regarding femininity with the lead female character Peggy Carter. However, the film does not engage with many marginalized cultural identities or depict characters who challenge stereotypes regarding marginalized identities.

Summary

Based on the Marvel comic book series Captain America, the scrawny Steve Rogers undergoes a transformation and becomes Captain America.

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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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