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'What I want is your voice': How Disney princesses get scripted out of movies

A new study suggests princesses in Disney films don't seem to talk as much as male characters. The Current speaks to one of the linguistic researchers who looked at how the gender imbalance animates Disney princess films.
A new study looking into the speaking habits of Disney princesses suggests women speak less than men, particularly in Disney movies from the 90s. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

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In the Disney film, The Little Mermaid, Ariel gives up her voice to the evil Ursula. But it seems that Ariel isn't the only one surrendering her voice in Disney films.  

New research by two linguistic researchers reveal animated Disney princess movies are short of one key thing: Women with dominant speaking roles. 

Karen Eisenhauer is a masters student in linguistics at North Carolina University who has been working on this study. Eisenhauer was a fan of princesses as a child and says she was surprised by her research, especially with regards to the so-called renaissance of Disney films from the 90s.

This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese.