Vincent E. Faherty
Is the mouse sensitive? A study of race, gender, and social vulnerability in
Disney animated films
This study is a quantitative content analysis of characters
appearing in the 19 most successful and most recent Disney animated movies.
The focus is on the variables of diversity (including gender,
race/ethnicity, and age), assigned roles within the films, and social
vulnerability, defined as any life situation or condition that makes one
susceptible to being hurt or disadvantaged in some manner, either
physically, emotionally, or economically. Results are mixed. There are
several positive outcomes for which the Disney Corporation should be
applauded, but there are also a number of serious lapses.