Boys Matter Too — Portrayals in Cartoons

Boys Matter Too — Portrayals in Cartoons

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Female portrayals are improving immensely within the arena of modern-day cartoons. Alongside the increase of women showrunners, writers, and storyboard artists within the animation industry, many female characters are being placed in the roles of leaders, fighters, and influential advocates. A few examples include: Star Butterfly of Star Vs. the Forces of Evil, Marinette Dupain-Cheng of Miraculous Ladybug, many of the Crystal Gems in Steven Universe, and essentially all of the central female characters in the Avatar franchise.   Previous articles including: Star Vs. the Force of Evil: Subtle Feminism Top 10 Female Characters in Animated Television DC Superhero Girls: Capitalizing on Female Empowerment Where are the Girl-Crazed Boys in Animation Is Japanese Anime Misogynistic? discuss both the issues of, and improvements being made in, female portrayals within animated works; however, many of these articles…
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Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

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Book publishing appears to be moving in an upwards trend in relation to animated television. In selling merchandise, but doing so in a "sophisticated" way, book publishing seems to carry more of a favorable connotation than toy production. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil has recently published the title Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, and in being willing to turn away from children's merchandising in favor of published works implies that the creators are targeting a slightly older audience.   Lets discuss something important before moving on with this topic: Does producing merchandise for animated television series devalue its creative integrity? As mentioned in a past post about the commodification of female empowerment in animation, this isn't necessarily an issue: In order to create content there has to be financial payoff…
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DC Superhero Girls: Capitalizing on Female Empowerment

DC Superhero Girls: Capitalizing on Female Empowerment

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A/N: When speaking about DC Superhero Girls in this article, I am referring solely to the webseries. Cartoon Network has recently announced that Lauren Faust is developing a full-length edition of the series for the network which, to anyone who is familiar with her work and her stance on progressive female characters, is incredibly promising.   The concept of female empowerment in modern-day media is slowly becoming a central theme within many Americanized animated works. Both Steven Universe and Star vs. the Forces of Evil are presently-broadcasted highly-rated animated series that portray female characters in both a positive and powerful light. In this sense, we can argue that a portion of recent high-status animated series support feminist perspectives.   The title under the critical telescope in this article is DC Superhero Girls, a webisode series…
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