I've had enough of these ditzy princesses and fainting damsels in distress. Where are the strong female role models for our 4.5yr old girl? Please add your (age appropriate) ideas below!
PIPPI! letterboxd.com/film/pippi-longstocking-1969/ or letterboxd.com/film/pippi-longstocking/
Yes, agree with Pippi Longstocking! We have the book and prints by Lauren Child. I'll get a copy of the film on iTunes and give it a go :-)
I haven't seen either but hopefully the modern one is ok :)
I wish this list was longer but I genuinely can not think of any other great kids films with female lead characters. How sad. Pocohontas perhaps? A bit old-school. Lilo and stitch?
I'm trying to remember whether Matilda would fit the bill... perhaps it may be a little 'old' just yet? I also found another list of films that might be worth checking out, but I can't vouch for any of them or what age they are aimed at.
Thanks for the link Mike. Here are some questions to help define what we are looking for:
Is the movie titled for a male star?
Is the movie centered around the quest of a male?
Are the females in the movie helping the male achieve his goal?
Which character goes through a transition?
What is the ratio of males to females? Main roles? Crowd scenes?
What are the females wearing? Does their clothing expose belly buttons and other body parts?
How many lines do the female characters have?
How many of the females’ lines have to do with what they’re wearing, what they look like, romantic relationships, or shopping?
How many of the males refer to the females only in reference to romance and how they look?
How do the females in the movie interact with each other? Do they interact at all?
How are female friendships depicted in the movie? Are there any?
Is a female character rescued by a male character?
Does a female character make a rescue?
What heroic acts or acts of bravery do the female characters perform?
(courtesy of margotmagowan.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/questions-to-ask-when-considering-a-movie-for-your-kids/)
Pity Anastasia doesn't meet the "Are the females in the movie helping the male achieve his goal?" question, cos she is probably my favourite female animated film character ever.
Spirited Away is also quite cool, and My Neighbour Totoro if you're into the Japanese ones.
Ooooh I know one! Fern Gully! Loved that one as a kid. Probably the only fairy movie I actually enjoyed.
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