Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age

Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age

Shannon R. Wooden


Since Toy Story, its first function in 1995, Pixar Animation Studios has produced a string of business and significant successes together with Monsters, Inc.; WALL-E; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars; and Up. In the vast majority of those motion pictures, male characters are prominently featured, frequently as protagonists. regardless of seen floor adjustments, those figures usually keep on with comparable narratives towards household success and civic engagement. although, those characters also are hypermasculine kinds whose paths bring about postmodern social roles extra revelatory of the present “crisis” that sociologists and others have famous in boy tradition.

In Pixar’s Boy tales: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age, Shannon R. wood and Ken Gillam learn how boys develop into males and the way males degree up in motion pictures produced by means of the animation tremendous. providing counterintuitive readings of boy tradition, this booklet describes how the movies quietly yet forcefully reiterate conventional masculine norms when it comes to what they compliment and what they condemn. no matter if toys or ants, monsters or vehicles, Pixar’s men be triumphant or fail in line with the “boy code,” the relentlessly policed gender criteria rampant in American boyhood.

Structured thematically round significant matters in modern boy tradition, the ebook discusses conformity, hypermasculinity, social hierarchies, incapacity, bullying, and an implicit critique of postmodern parenting. unheard of in its concentrate on Pixar and boys in its motion pictures, this publication bargains a useful point of view to present conversations approximately gender and cinema. supplying a serious discourse approximately masculine roles in lively positive aspects, Pixar’s Boy Stories might be of curiosity to students of movie, media, and gender reports and to parents.

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