International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Construction of Family in Selected Disney Animated Films
Belinda Marie Balraj, Kupusamy Gopal

Family plays an important role in most Disney animated films, be it the nuclear family, extended family or step family. Though Disney has received numerous backlash regarding stereotyping and racism, the scope is family is always seen as something that needs to be valued and cherished. The construction of family in Disney films is the same in most films whereby the role of the mother is nonexistent and the main character is usually portrayed as not having any siblings. Keeping this in mind, this study looks at how family members are portrayed in the selected Disney animated films specifically The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast, Mulan and Pocahontas.

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