Disney's female characters get fewer lines than the men

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Disney's Female Characters Get Fewer Lines Than the Men


Surely, Disney princesses could learn a thing or two from strong, goal-oriented villainesses like Cruella De Vil and Maleficent -- but even with their powers combined, these ladies aren't getting as much dialogue as the guys.

According to the Washington Post, in most Disney princess films, female characters get way fewer lines than the men. The biggest disparity came in the late '80s through the '90s.

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It sort of figures that women in "The Little Mermaid" only speak 32 percent of the time, considering that Ariel gives up her voice to get legs ... and a boyfriend.

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FILE - This file image provided by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." According to studio estimates Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, Disney’s “Frozen” remained atop the box office with $20.7 million, freezing out the horror spinoff “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.” (AP Photo/Disney, File)
This image released by Disney shows Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, left, and Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, in a scene from the animated feature film, "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
This image released by Disney shows a teenage Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Maia Mitchell, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
This image released by Disney shows, from left, Duke Weselton, voiced by Alan Tudyk, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, and Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
This image released by Disney shows Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, left, and Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
This image released by Disney shows Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney
FILE - In this undated publicity film image released by Disney/Pixar, the character Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, follows a Wisp in a scene from "Brave." The Disney/Pixar animated film has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Animated Feature Film category. The 85th Academy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar, File)
This film image released by Disney/Pixar shows the character Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in a scene from "Brave." (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)
This film image released by Disney/Pixar shows the character Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in a scene from "Brave." (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)
This film image released by Disney/Pixar shows the character Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in a scene from "Brave." (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)
In this 2012 publicity image released by Disney/Pixar, Princess Merida, (voice by Kelly Macdonald), is shown flying in the 3D computer animated Disney/Pixar film, "Brave," releasing June 22, 2012, in North America. Dolby Atmos, the latest in movie theater audio debuting on 14 screens with "Brave," intends to make theaters sound more 3-D than ever before. (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)
Disney characters from the movie "Beauty and the Beast," Beast and Belle, dance during a parade along Main Street at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Wednesday, May 4, 2005. On May 5, Disneyland Resort in California launches the 'Happiest Homecoming On Earth,' an 18-month commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the very first Disney theme park. The event is the cornerstone of a global celebration in which all 11 Disney theme parks around the world will join together for the first-time for the landmark occasion. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
This computer generated image courtesy of Disneyland Resort shows audio-animatronics characters from The Little Mermaid _ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction in Anaheim, Calif. This year, Disney California Adventure in Anaheim debuts The Little Mermaid _ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure as part of a multiyear billion-dollar expansion of the park. The family-friendly ride features characters from the popular movie as riders travel on a virtual underwater journey. (AP Photo/Disneyland Resort, Paul Hiffmeyer)
** FILE ** In this 2007 publicity file photo provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Sierra Boggess appears as Ariel in the Denver production of Disney's musical "The Little Mermaid," based on the animated film. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus, File)
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Schoolgirls watch an actor dressed as Disney character Cinderella perform at an event in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. The event was organized for Disney princess fans from impoverished families to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Disney characters Cinderella, right, and Prince Charming arrive via horse drawn carriage for the screening of the digitally restored version of Walt Disney's original animated feature "Cinderella" at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005. The screening was in honor of the movie's arrival on DVD for the first time. The DVD is scheduled to be available October 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The Walt Disney Co. Snow White character acts in 'Mickey's Soundsational Parade' in the Main Street, U.S.A. area of Disneyland Park, part of the Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Friday, May 24, 2013. Walt Disney Co., the world's largest entertainment company, said this month fiscal second-quarter profit rose 32 percent, beating analysts' estimates as guests splurged at theme parks in California and Florida. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Superstar Michael Jackson is surrounded by fantasy as he stands with Snow White and Dopey, of the Seven Dwarfs fame on Friday, April 27, 1984 in Jackson’s Encino, California home. The Disney characters presented Jackson with a one-of-a-kind display featuring the characters in a scene representative of the 1937 classic film. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
NEW YORK - MARCH 14: A person dressed as Princess Tiana (C) is joined on stage by all of the princesses of Disney movies during Princess Tiana�s official induction into the Disney Princess Royal Court at The New York Palace Hotel on March 14, 2010 in New York City. She is seen with people dressed as characters (L-R) Princess Jasmin, Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Prince Naven, Cinderella, Princess Bell, Pocahantas and Ariel (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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It's a bit odd that "Snow White" and "Sleeping Beauty" are two of the most balanced movies, since both title characters are not awake for significant parts of the films.

On a positive note, recent efforts like "Tangled" and "Brave" have bucked the trend. However, even with not one, but two, princesses, the women of "Frozen" only got 41 percent of lines.

So Disney, you've got some 'splaining to do.

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