Katie Pantoja

Date of Award


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Primary Advisor

Nathan Gibbs

Secondary Advisor

Zane Goggans

Committee Reader

Kenneth Pybus


From Disney’s humble beginnings to what we see now in 2020, has Disney improved its racial representation and diversity in its animated feature films throughout the years?

This analysis first covers two early examples on why Song of the South and Disney’s classic movie Dumbo are considered to have or be racially problematic films/scenes. The analysis will then go into the data portion of this research analysis. The analysis will examine and collect all of Disney’s animated human movies starting from 1950 to June 2020. The data collected will conclude if Disney has statistically improved the amount of nonwhite character lead animated movies produced in the last 70 years and if they have progressed in their racial representation.

To examine Disney’s progression in it’s representation, the analysis will look at two of the latest minority lead films Moana and Coco, to examine if Disney's representation of culture in these films are mindful of who they represent. This research analysis ends with reviewing Disney’s overall progression to 2020 and what can be concluded from this data collection.

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