Better Together? Family Representation and Gender Performance in Pixar Films

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2020-07-15
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Disney has a longstanding tradition of marginalizing and/or erasing biological parents in their films. Through its Pixar Animation Studios subsidiary, Disney has released several films that do explore the topic of parenthood. This study will focus on Pixar’s depiction of the biological parents in Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Brave, and Incredibles 2, while also visiting other Pixar and Disney releases to provide additional examples. By first setting out the stereotypical way mothers and fathers are usually portrayed in animated film, this study will then explore how Pixar portrays its biological fathers, followed up by an analysis on the portrayal of biological mothers with the central argument being that Pixar has both traditional as well as progressive portrayals of parenthood and gender roles within their films.
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