Run Time: 105 minutes
Director: Kenneth Brannagh
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.
Run Time: 88 minutes
Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
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.
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.
Run Time: 97 minutes
Directed By: Robert Stromberg
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.
Maleficent, the villain in Sleeping Beauty, reveals her side of the story regarding the curse she put on Princess Aurora.
Run Time: 102 minutes
Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
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.
Two sisters torn apart by their differences must find a way to reconnect.