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Where are all the strong female characters in kids' films?

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The poster for the new animated action film, Megamind, features five characters: some are alien, some are men. Oh wait, they are all men except for Roxanne Ritchi (voiced by Tina Fey). She’s a quirky news reporter who has two duties—narrating what the guys do, and getting kidnapped. She’s like a prop that needs to be rescued by Brad Pitt. This got us thinking: where are the strong women in children’s films? For decades, the majority of female characters in cartoons and family films have been mostly stuck behind the macho lead, baring their midriffs and looking like Barbie dolls.


Asked by tasches at 5:57 PM on Nov. 10, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • yup, leave it to disney to fill our daughters heads with lies. im still waiting for my prince charming and castle.

    Answer by momslikeme366 at 10:18 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Mulan?

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:00 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • I agree. Only Asrid, from How To Train a Dragon, is tuff that I can remember.

    Answer by dancinintherain at 6:00 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • Hollywood fails females in general.

    Answer by ballewal at 6:14 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • What about Fiona? She's a pretty strong character. And the mother and Dr. from the incredibles. And, the beauty & the beast chick who was wicked smart & didnt take crap..there is plenty...

    Should they make a movie about an ugly butch chick who chews dip & fixes cars? Kids like pretty things.They make movies that sell. Don't be upset with the movie industry, be upset with the people who pay to see these movies. They only create what sells. Most girls don't want to identify themselves with ugly butchy characters, at least most don't. Mulan was good, but it was one of Disney's least selling movies unfortunately. Millions of little girls would rather watch The Little mermaid or Sleeping Beauty.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:18 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • I was just thinking of Fiona in Shrek. Didn't she, her mother and the other princesses rescue themselves?

    Answer by geminilove at 6:29 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • i was justing thinking about positive female role models for young girls... they all left in the 90's and early 2000's (with Xena and Buffy)

    the next best thing is brining Nikita back, although i dont watch that show because i never saw the original one. i feel bad, we had Xena, Buffy and the Spice Girls, girls growing up now get Bella, Miley Cyrus and the cast of the new 90210

    Answer by pookipoo at 6:48 PM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • Roughly 25 percent of the female characters are shown in sexy, tight, alluring clothes (usually with exposed skin between mid-chest and upper thigh). Their most common occupation is being a royal, and their aspirations are limited almost exclusively to finding romance.

    On the plus side, Princess Jasmine is one of the first characters of ethnicity to appear in a Disney movie. Sadly, the step forward is overshadowed by countless steps back. Jasmine’s body shape, her position of royalty, her clothing options (belly shirts galore) and her lack of control over her future all qualify her as the patron saint of misrepresented females in a family film. To make matters worse, she falls in love with a commoner who—by royal decree of her father, the sultan—she is not allowed to marry. Her revolt against dad’s insistence on an arranged marriage consists of heavy pouting, endless whining, and an attempt to run away from home.

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:01 PM on Nov. 10, 2010