Children’s films are increasing the stigma around skin conditions because villains are often bald or have scars or wrinkles.
A study found giving the good guys blemish-free skin and bad guys skin problems in animated movies reinforces negative stereotypes, affecting how people feel about their own skin, according to Daily Mail.
The study analysed characters from 50 of the highest-grossing animated films, most of which were made since 2000.
Three quarters of bad characters such as Darla, the cruel dentist’s daughter in Finding Nemo, and Jafar in Aladdin, have skin issues such as freckles or eye bags.
Good characters like Mr and Mrs Incredible, Rapunzel and Moana, however, are more likely to have perfect skin and only 26 per cent of them have problems.
The scientists also found skin issues on characters who are supposed to look bad but are good on the inside, such as Shrek and Gru in Despicable Me.
They say the portrayal of skin problems in films could distress people who do not live up to the unrealistic ideals.
Some 50 popular animated films were analysed, ranging from 2016’s Moana back to Disney’s 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast.
The researchers published their findings in the British Journal of Dermatology.
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