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The Golden Compass

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

You’re no doubt aware that there’s a new kids’ action/adventure film coming out called The Golden Compass. This film is already generating controversy because the author is an atheist, and Christian groups are already organizing to boycott this film because of its supposed atheist content.
I’ve already reviewed the book, specifically discussing its atheist content: […]

Karaba the Witch

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

Hold onto your hats, folks — I found a children’s animated adventure that has nearly as many female main characters as male ones! Possibly more, depending on where you draw the line on which characters are main characters.This film is Kirikou and the Sorceress.
The hero of this fairy tale is Kirikou, a tiny baby boy […]

Ice Age: setting female characters back a few millennia…

Sunday, November 25th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

Ice Age is one of the worst children’s films I’ve ever seen in terms of gender portrayal.
In a nutshell, Ice Age is a classic all-male buddy adventure in which a motley group of guys of different prehistoric species bring a (male) baby back to his human clan. The human clan is weirdly also all male […]

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Persepolis

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

In this life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s their own stupidity that makes them act that way. That will keep you from responding to their meanness. There’s nothing worse in this world than bitterness and revenge. Hold your head up and stay […]

Great female characters in Hollywood’s current animated blockbusters for kids: where are they???

Thursday, August 16th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

Taken individually, most of Hollywood’s recent offerings for kids have been reasonable quality entertainment. But taken as a group (I’ve been watching them alongside my kids), I’m struck by the lack of female characters in these films. For a while I was thinking “Well, I have only boys, so of course I haven’t […]

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