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The Disney Cliché: Relationsdynamik i Disneys animerade filmer från 2000-talet ur ett genusperspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Disney Cliché : Relationship dynamics in Disneys animated films in the 21st century from a gender perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

Disney is one of the largest media companies in the world. They have been critizied for portrayting men, women and love relationships with stereotypical behaviours and attributes. This may lead to negative effects on childrens and adolescents perception of reality. The purpose of this study was to investigate how Disney portrays the dynamic between the characters within the love relationship in their movies launched in the 21st century. This study has examined four movies released in the 21st century containing a love relationship between a man and a woman. Movies examined were; Atlantis - The Lost Empire, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Frozen.

For this study, a quantitative content analysis with qualitative elements was applied to answer the purpose and issue of the study. The study measured the frequency of the characters activities and actions when they are with and without each other, what they are doing together and who is the initiator of classical love actions.

The results for this study presented interesting patterns. Both female and male characters were often portrayed with stereotypical behaviuors in Disneys animated movies. However, these patterns differed when the characters were with and without each other. When the characters were together, the female characters tended to be portrayed with more male attributes, whilst the male characterstended to be portrayed with more female attributes. Additionally, Disney tend to portray love relationships in a stereotypical and unrealistic way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Disney, Gender, Effects of media, Animated movies, Love relationships, Stereotypical behaviors
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36075OAI: diva2:734271
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
Media Management Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-07-17 Created: 2014-07-15 Last updated: 2014-07-17Bibliographically approved

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