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Comparing Villains and Heroes in Children's Television

What are the ethnic representations of heroes compared to villains on children's animated shows? How do portrayals of male and female characters compare on a scale of smart to stupid? Who is the best dressed: heroes or villains? An interactive data visualization tool from the Children's Television Project at Tufts University illustrates these comparisons and more. The team behind the project, including professors Calvin Gidney and Julie Dubrow, sought to explore the presentation of various characteristics in children's animated television shows. To interact with the visualization, users must choose to compare villains and heroes or males and females, then select a characteristic like age, social class, kind/cruel, active/passive, and others from a drop-down menu. Clicking anywhere on the graph toggles between two ways of viewing the data. Each point in the visualization represents one character and their TV show, which can be revealed by hovering the cursor over the point. Visitors can also filter the data points by TV show to see how their (or their kids') favorite programs stack up. (By the way, curious readers may be interested to know that villains dress better than heroes.)
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  • https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2021/0709
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Date of Scout Publication
July 9th
Date Of Record Creation
June 22nd at 2:39pm
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June 23rd at 12:17pm
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