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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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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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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Toy Story 3

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Toy Story 3
Rating: G
Released: 2014
Run Time: 103 minutes
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

Cultural Rating: paw

The film is fun and promotes positive messages regarding friendship and loyalty but tends to reinforce traditional gender roles and engages very little with other cultural identities.

Summary

When Andy heads off to college, his toys are accidentally sent to a daycare and taken hostage by the ruthless teddy bear Lotso.

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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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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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The Incredibles

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The Incredibles
Rating: PG
Run Time: 115 minutes
Released: 2004
Director: Brad Bird

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

Overall this film challenges traditional gender roles regarding masculinity and femininity to an extent; however, the film does little to engage in other marginalized cultural identities. 

Summary

A superhero family must work together to defeat a villain who is trying to eliminate the superhero do-gooders of the world.

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Ratatouille

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Ratatouille
Rating: G
Run Time: 111 minutes
Released: 2007
Director: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

 Cultural Rating: paw

While there are many positive messages about friendship and living your dream, the film does little to engage with any type of cultural identities.

Summary

Rats and kitchens don’t make for a good combination until a daring rat, who dreams of being a chef, makes an unlikely friendship with another aspiring chef.

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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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