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to want animated films with strong female characters for DD to watch?

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PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:29:41

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HotDAMNlifeisgood Wed 14-Nov-12 13:33:45

You are not being unreasonable at all; your friend is being naive.

Have you seen any of the Studio Ghibli films? Animated films, always a young girl as the lead, and women of all ages feature strongly. (another bonus is that characters have shades of grey - noone appears to be all good or all bad).

Gubbins Wed 14-Nov-12 13:35:12

Not overthinking at all. I'm impressed that she's already noticing the way that girls are often portrayed. You're raising a good little feminist there.

Studio Ghibli are great for strong female protagonists. My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Arrietty, Kiki's Delivery service...

CrapBag Wed 14-Nov-12 13:35:13

Yes you are.

They are just films. Some have different style characters. Just because some feature females waiting to be rescued doesn't mean you should avoid them.

Brave has strong female characters but I did find it was quite scary for a little one. Shrek is pretty good too. Fiona is a strong female character.

Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:35:43

What about Brave? Or shrek?

Spatsky Wed 14-Nov-12 13:35:47

The Princess in "Brave" is pretty ballsy, compared to usual Disney Princesses especially.

It's a pretty crap storyline in general though.

Spatsky Wed 14-Nov-12 13:36:36

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PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:38:44

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neolara Wed 14-Nov-12 13:39:46

Scooby doo. Velma always solves the mystery, and while Daphne does wear a short skirt, she also (literally) kicks arse on occasion.

FrustratedSycamoreBonks Wed 14-Nov-12 13:39:49

Pocahontas? She's quite headstrong. You already have mulan and belle.

DixieD Wed 14-Nov-12 13:42:30

Mmm I see your point. Even ones I can think of with good female characters often have male ones in the lead role.
Any of the Shreks. Princess Fiona is a strong character. Toy Story 2 and 3 with Jessie in them. New Disney princess movie Brave. Very good strong female. Scooby Do - think the girls in that are quite good, although I dont watch it so could be wrong. My daughter loves Matilda but your DD may be a bit young.

Ill have to have a think for some more.

CrapBag Wed 14-Nov-12 13:44:21

Let her watch Buffy. wink

Ok I am joking and she is far too young, but another example of a strong female lead.

See there is tons of stuff around. I don't buy into all this 'oh women are only cast in weak roles' plenty of proof here that they are not.

Gubbins Wed 14-Nov-12 13:44:51

My Neighbour Totoro is perfect for that age, PuddleJumper. It was my terrified-at-the-slightest-peril eldest daughter's favourite when she was about 3. I'd probably put off Spirited away for a couple of years, though.

BeauNeidel Wed 14-Nov-12 13:46:30

I like Studio Ghibli. Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away are favourites here.

However, I also really like Aladdin et al. I grew up with those and I'm a very strong woman. Nothing to rescue here.

I think possibly you are overthinking a little bit. I'd like to think that my mother and other role models had a greater influence on my life than the Disney movies I liked and watched over again.

PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:47:36

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PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:48:43

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Fakebook Wed 14-Nov-12 13:48:49

Tangled is quite good. Rapunzel is quite handy with the frying pan.

Dd is 5 and is into Mona the Vampire at the moment. If you want to go retro why don't you buy her some Maid Maryan and her Merry Men DVD's. I loved that programme growing up.

MummyPig24 Wed 14-Nov-12 13:49:27

Brave is great, Princess and the Frog, Tiana is pretty strong in that film.

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 14-Nov-12 13:49:51

Howl is great, but even DS who has watched Ghibli films since her was 2 was a bit scared by it and it was a bit old for him. I'd start off with My Neighbor Totoro and go from there. grin

JackThePumpkinKing Wed 14-Nov-12 13:50:06

Ponyo is awesome too.. really sweet.

PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:51:35

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KnittingZombie Wed 14-Nov-12 13:51:58

Princess and the frog is good, though the voodoo character might be a bit scary for younger viewers

MummyPig24 Wed 14-Nov-12 13:52:52

Ooh and Coraline. Depends if your dd is easily freaked out or not. I seem to have bred totally fearless children. No, actually, dd is scared of the carpet shop.

PeggyCarter Wed 14-Nov-12 13:55:13

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LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 14-Nov-12 13:55:58

I was coming straight on here to say Studio Ghibli! grin

I love it, they're all brilliant.

My Neighbour Totoro is gorgeous.

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