Saturday, August 27, 2022

Study Summary: Gender Ratio in American Family Targeted Animation (2008-2012)

Year: 2008 - 2012
 Looking at only American, or American/Foreign Coproduced Animated Films Rated G or PG that were released in at least 500 theaters in the U.S.  

53 Movies Released


2008 (click here for full breakdown)

The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Horton Hears a Who, Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E, Space Chimps, Fly Me to the Moon, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Igor, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Bolt, Delgo, The Tale of Despereaux

2009 (click here for full breakdown)

Coraline, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Battle for Terra, Up, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Astro Boy, A Christmas Carol, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Planet 51, The Princess and the Frog

2010 (click here for full breakdown)

How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Alpha and Omega, Legend of the Guardians, Megamind, Tangled

2011 (click here for full breakdown)

Gnomeo & Juliet, Rango, Mars Needs Moms, Rio, Hoodwinked Too, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh, Puss in Boots, Happy Feet Two, Arthur Christmas, Tintin

2012 (click here for full breakdown)

Dr. Suess’ the Lorax, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted , Brave, Ice Age: Continental Drift, ParaNorman, Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph! , Rise of the Guardians

All Voiced Characters with a name or character descriptor
 29% Female (460)
71% Male (1109)
Total Characters: 1569

Per Movie
2/53 female majority (with 2.5 more female then male characters)
51/53 male majority (with an average of approximately 13 more male than female characters)

All First Billed Characters from the Cast Overview list only
 30% Female (247)
70% Male (581)
Total Characters: 828

Per Movie
4/53 female majority (with approximately 3 more female than male character)
49/53 male majority (with an average of approximately 8 more male than female characters)

Top 4 Main Characters based on plot significance and screen time
 33% Female (70)
67% Male (142)
Total Characters: 212

Per Movie 
3/53 female majority
36/53 male majority
14/53 equal number of female and male main characters

Roles by Gender of the 4 Main Characters - in relation to the Main Protagonist

  (Each character counted once, the highest role in the list trumps those below)

Gender of the Main Protagonist

9/55 female protagonists  / 16% female protagonists
 46/55 male protagonists / 84% male protagonists
2/9 female protagonists had an equal male protagonist who shared the movie
2/46 male protagonists had an equal female protagonist who shared the movie

Love Interests
6/9 female protagonists had love interests (67%) 26/46 male protagonists had love interests (57%)

3/55 main characters were females without a love interest (5%)
20/55 main characters were males without a love interest (36%)

3/3 female main characters without a love interest were young teenagers or children
5/20 male main characters without a love interest were young teenagers or children

Gender of the Main Antagonist

11/48 female antagonist / 23% female antagonist
37/48 male antagonist / 77% male antagonist

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