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In Sleeping Beauty, female characters spend much of the movie singing. Specifically, females account for around 70% of the dialogue. In Pocahontas, female dialogue only takes up 25% of the film. Despite being released in 1959, Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers–Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather–talk a ton.
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The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book holds the record for the Disney movie with the most male dialogue. 98% of the lines are spoken by male characters.
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Snow White has only two female characters participating at any time in the film as opposed to a total of ten men with any type of participation.
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In The Incredibles, male and female characters have similar amounts of speaking time. Male characters account for 53% of the dialogue, and female characters account for 47%. In Frozen, a movie featuring two female protagonists, and one of the most recent examples here, male characters account for 57% of the dialogue.
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Alice in Wonderland
Women speak 65% of the dialogue in Alice in Wonderland. You’d think that makes sense since the main character is female, but that’s not true for other female-led Disney movies, like The Little Mermaid, where men speak for 71% of the movie. (Although, it is about Ariel losing her voice.) Only one other of the four movies above features female characters speaking over 50% of the dialogue, and that’s Tarzan (and it’s just over 50%). But since Tarzan doesn’t speak for MOST OF THE MOVIE, you’d think that percentage would be a little higher.
The data is taken from an analysis of more than 2,000 movie scripts broken down by sex and age that you can see here.
In the case of Disney movies, of the 30 films analyzed, 22 have have more dialogue from male characters than female characters. Even in the movies where the main characters are female, the men often still have a bigger voice.
This post was translated from Spanish.