In recent years, Disney has definitely been making an effort to remove gender roles from their films, TV shows, and theme parks. They have developed new themes, such as Disney princesses that defy traditional gender roles, and have created stories that focus on female empowerment.
Most recently, Disney has made a pointed effort to create movies and franchises that avoid gender stereotypes, such as the “Frozen” movies and “Moana.” The company has also made a push to ensure that all their characters, from both male and female leads, are strong, independent, and three-dimensional.
In addition, Disney has also focused more on creating shows and films about the LGBTQ+ community.
Disney has also made a conscious effort to remove gender roles from their theme parks. They have created more inclusive gender-neutral bathrooms, and have changed their slogans and messaging away from gendered roles.
To further this effort, Disney also provided more gender neutral costumes for park-goers, and a new gender-neutral child costume option.
Overall, it is clear that Disney is slowly but surely removing gender roles and stereotypes from their films, television shows, and theme parks. They are taking a conscious effort to create gender-neutral characters and stories, as well as provide more inclusive experiences.
As Disney continues to evolve, we can only hope that they will continue to take strides to erase gender roles and stereotypes altogether.
What does Disney say now instead of boys and girls?
Disney now strives to be more inclusive in their language and storytelling in order to break down gender stereotypes and be respectful and thoughtful of all individuals. Instead of using binary terms such as ‘boys’ and ‘girls’, they often opt for gender-neutral phrases like ‘friends’, ‘everyone’, ‘folks’, ‘kids’, ‘young people’, and ‘all of you’.
Disney also uses more gender-inclusive language when discussing specific characters or in the names of shows, focusing on the person rather than their perceived gender. Additionally, they have created more inclusive stories, such as their 2018 remake of Cinderella that featured a bisexual prince, and their 2019 remake of Aladdin which included a powerful regal woman as the lead villain.
In this way Disney is making a point to include everyone in their stories, regardless of gender or identity. Disney knows that everyone matters, and their language and stories reflect that.
Is Disney getting rid of characters?
No, Disney is not getting rid of characters. Disney has a long and beloved history of characters, and they remain an integral part of the company’s identity. Disney creates new characters just as often as they retire older ones, offering timeless and diverse entertainment for generations of fans and admirers.
Disney produces animated and live-action films, and both these forms of media have allowed Disney to create iconic, memorable characters throughout the years. A few recent examples include Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, Maui, Judy Hopps, and Simba, to name a few.
These characters have become household names, known for their memorable quotes, memorable journeys and unforgettable moments.
Disney does not, however, shy away from retiring or reworking older characters. For example, the Disney princess franchise has been reworked over time, creating room for newer characters such as Moana and Elsa.
This kind of character refresh is intended to keep Disney relevant to contemporary audiences as they become more diverse and varied, while still holding onto beloved characters and stories from times gone by.
Ultimately, Disney is a company that embraces innovation and change, and its changes to some of its characters—as well as the introduction of new characters—are visibly reflective of that. The company remains committed to creating and preserving memorable characters that resonate with audiences today and carry the Disney legacy into tomorrow.