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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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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