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Couple joins forces to reveal Pixar’s hidden messages

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book coverImagine you’re munching on popcorn with your kids watching the latest animated movie, and you continue to be amazed by the spectacular visuals, musical cues and overall entertainment value. But according to Drs. Shannon Wooden and Ken Gillam, Missouri State professors in the department of English, you should be focused on the messages within the films that viewers often overlook. In fact, the married couple and parents of two has spent the last two years researching those messages held within Pixar films, specifically those involving boys and masculinity.

Wooden and Gillam discuss their book, “Pixar’s Boy Stories: Masculinity in aPostmodern Age.”

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