Watching the interaction of the female elephants in Dumbo yesterday (review coming soon) had me thinking that as part of the “feminist lens” with which I view these movies, I should really start submitting them to the Bechdel Test. For a movie to pass the Bechdel Test, it must:
- Have at least two female characters, and
- Have those characters talk to each other at some point
- About something other than a man
I’ll add retroactive Bechdel Test scores to the movies I’ve already reviewed, as follows.
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – Fail. There are two female characters. They talk to one another (in the old crone/poison apple scene). Their conversation, while mostly the Queen’s manipulation to get Snow to eat the apple, still incorporates as its main persuasive effort a man: “It’s apple pies that makes the men folks’ mouths water!”
Pinocchio – Fail. There is only one female character (the Blue Fairy), unless you count the fish, Cleo. They do not talk to each other.
Fantasia – Exempt. I’m going to abstain from rating this one as there is no dialog by which to judge the third prong of the Bechdel test.
With Dumbo and going forward, I will incorporate Bechdel Test ratings directly into the review.