PULLMAN – Three WSU faculty have coauthored a book titled “Animating Difference.” It features their collaborative study on the way race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender are portrayed in animated films from 1990 through the present.

The study, including such films as “Aladdin,” “Toy Story” and “Up,” analyzes how popular animated films are key media through which children and adults learn about the world and how to behave. While racial and gender stereotypes in these films might not be as obvious as they are in traditional movies, the book notes that they often continue to convey troubling messages and stereotypes in subtle and surprising ways.
The authors include:
  • C. Richard King, professor and chair of comparative ethnic studies. He is the author of several books, including “Team Spirits” (a 2001 CHOICE Outstanding Award Winner), and “Beyond the Cheers.”
  • Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, associate professor of comparative ethnic studies and author of a number of articles on the representation of Latinos and other marginalized groups in contemporary popular culture.
  • Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo, professor of comparative ethnic studies and author of “In-Between Bodies” and a number of articles on sexuality and popular culture. 
The book, published by Rowman Littlefield, originally was released in December 2010 and is coming out in paperback.