Examining masculinities in Pixar's feature films: what it means to be a boy, whether human, fish, car, or toy

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dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor Horsley, J. Suzanne
dc.contributor Bissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributor Morgan, Stacy I.
dc.contributor.advisor Butler, Jeremy G.
dc.contributor.author Finklea, Bruce William
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:59:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:59:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001518
dc.identifier.other Finklea_alatus_0004D_11810
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1977
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study examined portrayals of masculinities in Pixar's first 13 feature-length films. Qualitative analyses of the characters and narratives revealed six over-arching themes about masculinities: (1) males are successful when taking part in teamwork, (2) males are naturally brave, (3) male romantic or sexual interest manifests as heterosexual desire, (4) males desire to be loved and/or needed, (5) males who are fathers or paternal figures express fears about the future, and (6) male bosses are predominantly shown as greedy and driven solely by profit. Common narratives found throughout the films show male characters journey toward becoming emotionally expressive and aware "New Men." Homosocial relationships were found to provide the most growth for male protagonists, whereas heterosocial relationships are continually shown to help males become better husbands and fathers. Narrative analyses also revealed the ways in which hegemonic masculinity subjugates female characters in positions of authority to the power of patriarchy. Additionally, comparison of Pixar's films to societal shifts in masculinities in the 1990s and 2000s showed strong parallels between the real and mediated worlds. Numerous plot elements mirrored real-world concerns during the so-called "crisis of masculinity," including crises of identity, leadership, and portrayals of gender.
dc.format.extent 207 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Gender studies
dc.subject.other Mass communication
dc.subject.other Film studies
dc.title Examining masculinities in Pixar's feature films: what it means to be a boy, whether human, fish, car, or toy
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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