The Role Of Masculinity In Disney And Pixar

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Characterized to Be Emasculated
Questioning the masculinity within male characters of Disney/Pixar, by watching their son's perspective on the film "Cars," in "Post-Princess Models of Gender: The New Man in Disney/Pixar," Ken Gillam and Shannon R. Wooden examine multiple movies and point out that the leading male characters in "Cars," "Toy Story," and "The Incredibles," are victims of emasculation. Prior to Disney/Pixar releasing nine movies, Disney conveyed all its main male characters to be "alpha male" (472). However, Pixar opened new types of characters, those that led to having the characters' masculinity stripped by another supporting character in the film. The authors draw attention from the strong male model to the "New Man" (476) role. Gillam and Wooden focus on the main male characters in each of the movies who all start with a high machismo personality, which rapidly transitions into an effeminate identity.
Buzz, Woody, Mr. Incredible, and Lighting McQueen all assumed they were going to achieve the "alpha male" (472) status, by isolating from their friends and family, and becoming agitated towards any forces that challenged their power. Each of these characters quickly realized the alpha male qualities were not going to help them achieve what was expected. The authors point out that the main emotions that the characters possess in the beginning of the movies is “anger and frustration” (474). Why did Disney originally limit the emotions that men can feel? The

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