The portrayal of female characters in mainstream animation

  • Beatriz Oliveira Duarte de Novais Lickfold (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present dissertation consists of a historical analysis of mainstream animation movies in addition to television series, and how society helped shape them, how they helped influence its audiences (both positively and negatively), and their evolution. This dissertation will also examine how the female gender has been treated and portrayed throughout the years, exploring its sociological connotations, in the medium of animation. Along with a study on how representation is important to evade any type of out-casting. It will also include a comparative analysis between the researched themes and The All-Nighter (2015), a short film created as the final project of the Masters in Computer Animation’s curriculum.
Date of Award2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSahra Kunz (Supervisor)


  • Feminism
  • Disney
  • Mainstream animation
  • Representation
  • Television
  • Films
  • Influence


  • Mestrado em Som e Imagem

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