The purpose of this study was to analyze the representations of gender and sexuality in The Croods, Brave, Hotel Transylvania, and The Pirate Fairy, contemporary animated children's films released within the past five years. In order to complete this study, I used feminist analysis. Feminist analysis is a qualitative method and involves the process of studying gender in media. It seeks to uncover the underlying construction and perpetuation of gender stereotypes and representations. After the completion of my analysis, five major themes emerged as well as two major conclusions. The five themes were; the presence of a “protector father figure,” the presence of an undermined female heroine, the presence of a “male interest,” non-conventional representations of gender, and “construction of compulsory heterosexual romance.” The two major conclusions were; that there has been progress in the amount and types of representations, and that there is still progress to be made.


Atay, Ahmet


Communication Studies


Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Film and Media Studies


representation, gender, sexuality, children’s media

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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