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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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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Maleficent

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Maleficent
Rating: PG
Released: 2014
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Robert Stromberg

Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film does an excellent job of constructing strong, complex female leads. The film also dispels the myth of heterosexual love as perfect and necessary for happiness.

Summary

Maleficent, the villain in Sleeping Beauty, reveals her side of the story regarding the curse she put on Princess Aurora.

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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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