Column: Partnership in the Japanese and American Imaginary: Gender and the Mediation of Difference in Hayao Miyazaki’s and Walt Disney Studio’s Animated Movies
This paper compares two animated movies made by Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) and Princess Mononoke (1997) and two movies made by Disney Studios: Little Mermaid (1989) and Pocahontas (1995). The argument focuses on the mediating role played by female characters in these movies. They build the bridge between opposite worlds, creating models of partnerships. Miyazaki’s movies show the difficulties involved in creating partnership despite difference, whereas Disney’s movies idealize marriage as the ultimate model of a partnership that glosses over issues of differential power.
Edited by Karen Rosenflanz
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