That’s the message coming from Disney and Pixar, according to researchers at Duke University. Rick Newman:
That’s the implied message in some of the most popular children’s movies of all time, including classics such as “Snow White” and modern hits such as “Aladdin,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Ratatouille,” according to a new study from Duke University researchers. The study examined the socioeconomic status of characters in 32 G-rated films and found a kind of Lake Woebegone effect: The wealthy were overrepresented, poverty was glamorized and upward mobility seemed effortless.
Researcher Jessi Streib:
Inequality in these movies is downplayed, sanitized and even erased. Poor characters don’t suffer any hardships, working class characters love being working class, and upper-class characters look out for the working class and the poor, so there’s no reason to be upwardly mobile.
Does there have to be a lesson in everything? I just thought they were enjoyable movies and didn’t realize I was being treated so poorly by Disney and Pixar.