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Postfeminist Fatherhood in the Animated Feature Films Chicken Little and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7243-0059
2015 (English)In: Journal of Children and Media, ISSN 1748-2798, E-ISSN 1748-2801, Vol. 9, no 3, 294-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on Hannah Hamad's concept of postfeminist masculinity, this article analyzes how the animated films Chicken Little (Disney, 2005) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony, 2009) construct postfeminist fatherhood in opposition to two traditional stereotypes: the emotionally distant authoritarian and the bumbling pal. In contrast to films from the 1980s and 1990s, in which sons struggle to live up to their fathers’ expectations, these films demand a change in paternal attitudes, requiring fathers to adapt to their sons’ needs instead. The article argues that the films offer a didactic message to fathers as well as sons, which suggests that in postfeminist fatherhood older parenting models are no longer viable, and a new culture of fatherhood is needed, which may offer a way of challenging hegemonic masculinity.

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Taylor and Francis Group , 2015. Vol. 9, no 3, 294-307 p.
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animated films, Disney, fatherhood, masculinity, motherhood, postfeminism, Sony
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104281DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2015.1048145OAI: diva2:818553
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-10-08Bibliographically approved

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