Gender Stereotypes In Pixar Movies

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Stefan Babich, a blogger for Periscope Magazine, a blog for women.Wrote a online article in 2011 that Brings up an issue many of us might not have even knew existed, that there is a lack of female protagonists in Pixar films. Babich brings up many points that are important to think about, because whether we realise it or not films,books,video games, and the media in general, at times do treat women to be less than their male counterparts. Almost every fall, Disney and Pixar would team up and create a family friendly film that would have “anthropomorphic creatures or objects rendered with state-of-the-art computer graphics.”(Babich 235) Then later on in the summer Disney would come out with one of its more classic movies ,a 2D animated film…show more content…
He states that “It seems filmmakers are having difficulty separating the concept of “heroine” from the concept of “sexiness”. But if most kid’s movies are going to be about animals objects, rather than human beings, that’s what needs to happen if the female protagonist is to finally be revived.”(Babich 238) Now that I’ve addressed the main points that the article covers, I have to say that I disagree with Babich on many of his main points. I don’t think Pixar has a problem differentiating between “heroism” and “Sexiness”(Babich 238), In Fact I think that in many of their films they do a excellent job differentiating the two. He also asks the question “Is there any reason the rat in Ratatouille Couldn’t have been a lady?”(Babich 236) and “Is there any reason Wall-E couldn't have been the story of a female-voiced robot who encountered a male-voiced loved interest named ADAM?”(Babich 236) In this response i'll be talking about both of these questions, but also mentioning strong female protagonists that are in Pixar…show more content…
Dory is a female fish who helps another fish named Marlin find his son. Dory fits the word “Heroism”(Babich 238) very well. She is helpful, caring, and resilient. At one point during the film Marlin wants to give up, but Dory encourages him to keep going. However she does not fit the word “Sexiness”(Babich 238) at all. Partly because she is a fish, but mostly because her being sexy would not contribute to the story at all. She doesn't need to be sexy because who she is as a character is so important to the story. she doesn't need to be sexy, to be interesting. Dory is a great example of a female protagonist in a Pixar film even though Stefan Babich says “There aren’t any. Not a single one.”(Babich 236) Another good example of a female protagonist in a Pixar film is Jesse from Toy Story 2. Not only is she a strong female character, but she has a very interesting, if not tragic story arch as well. In the movie Toy Story 2 there is a sequence that shows Jesse’s owner forgetting about her under a bed, and then finding her years later, only to leave her in a box to be donated. Over the course of the movie Jesse is looking for a place to belong because of this. Once again I think that this a great example of a female protagonist in a Pixar film even though Babich states “There aren’t any not a single one”. (Babich
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