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Are the “Boys” at Pixar Afraid of Little Girls?

Are the “Boys” at Pixar Afraid of Little Girls? haseenah ebrahim “Pixar has a girl problem. —Joel Stein, Time magazine (38) Until I visited Pixar’s offices, I did not know that 12-year-old boys were allowed to run major corporations. —Joel Stein, Time magazine (37) christian me t z’s observation that “a pleasure as it is to examine what elicits our film is difficult to explain because it is easy disapproval” (xvi). I also make no apology for to understand” (69) appears particularly evi- sharing those pleasures, however mitigated dent when one is teaching an undergraduate those may be by my own position as a film course on the animated feature films of Disney scholar (and as a parent). and Pixar. In a recent class taught in Chicago, Having taught a course on children’s and many students were taken aback when they family films since 2005 in South Africa, I found learned that the course involved historical, the aforementioned sentiment more pervasive sociological, and theoretical framing and among students in the US institution than analysis. The students, it turned out, expected among those in my home institution in Johan- little more than discussions of the animated nesburg, South Africa. The notion that this films’ plot events, some character and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Are the “Boys” at Pixar Afraid of Little Girls?

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 66 (3) – Aug 29, 2014

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Abstract

haseenah ebrahim “Pixar has a girl problem. —Joel Stein, Time magazine (38) Until I visited Pixar’s offices, I did not know that 12-year-old boys were allowed to run major corporations. —Joel Stein, Time magazine (37) christian me t z’s observation that “a pleasure as it is to examine what elicits our film is difficult to explain because it is easy disapproval” (xvi). I also make no apology for to understand” (69) appears particularly evi- sharing those pleasures, however mitigated dent when one is teaching an undergraduate those may be by my own position as a film course on the animated feature films of Disney scholar (and as a parent). and Pixar. In a recent class taught in Chicago, Having taught a course on children’s and many students were taken aback when they family films since 2005 in South Africa, I found learned that the course involved historical, the aforementioned sentiment more pervasive sociological, and theoretical framing and among students in the US institution than analysis. The students, it turned out, expected among those in my home institution in Johan- little more than discussions of the animated nesburg, South Africa. The notion that this films’ plot events, some character and

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 29, 2014

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