Gender Roles in Animation Films

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1. The author draws attention, to the blatant use of stereotyping, displayed in current animated movies, by describing these well know and expected stereotypes to the readers; “ Chris Rock’s wise-ass zebra and Jada Pinkett Smith’s big bootied hippo”. Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith are both well-known African American actors. The producers of the above mentioned animations, have type-casted the performers, by making their most discernable characteristics their most noticeable and important characteristics. The hippo’s ‘big booty’ and the ‘jive talking’ zebra, further drive forward this notion of stereotyping. In the most basic of terms, stereotyping, can be brought on a by a thought formed of a specific group of individual, albeit it racial, gender based, socially or ageist and a certain behaviour that has been placed upon these groupings. “The workshy Jamaican crab in The Little Mermaid; the dark-skinned “evil” Arabs in Aladdin”, by describing the stereotypes aligned to each individual grouping, the author further emphasizes that, these are notions grounded in ill-founded prejudices and ignorance. 2. In paragraph 2, the author brings into question, the “dodgy” political nature of current animation. Over the past few years, animation has come a vey far way in the means of technical and visual advances. However, in terms of politically correct awareness, it is still stuck in the metaphoric ‘dark ages’. The author does not directly point the finger of blame at the production companies, but rather at society as a whole, “ maybe parents have been too busy dozing at the multiplex, or doing the washing up while their kids are anaesthetised in front of the TV”. The author is stating, that as a society, we have become somewhat despondent to policing what our younger generations absorb, on the simple basis that we are too busy and too tired.

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