Last year, Disney execs switched the title of “Rapunzel” to “Tangled” because they didn’t want to highlight the female star. They did this with no shame at all, to practically no protest, giving interviews to media outlets about their decision. So female stars are practically banned from kids’ movie titles but males are featured in them again and again and again? And this is OK? What message does this blatant sexism send to kids?
Here’s a list of 2011 movie titles that refer to the male star:
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss In Boots
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Kung Fu Panda 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Kids’ movies of 2011 that feature a girl in the title? One: Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.
When girls are continuously, relentlessly relegated to supporting roles, both genders learn that girls are less important than boys. Is this really the message we want our young kids to learn when they go to the movies?
I have three daughters ages 2 – 8. We pay our $10 like everyone else. My kids want to know where the girls are. Hollywood, what should I tell them?
You can see Reel Girl’s Gallery of Girls Gone Missing From Kids’ Movies in 2011 here. The Gallery features 20 movie posters from 2011.