Study: Women speak less in Disney princess films

Research analyzed 12 popular Disney films

(Disney's Official Frozen website)

Disney has made several animated feature films that have launched iconic female characters, but it turns out men were doing the majority of the talking, a study indicates.

Researchers analyzed 12 popular Disney films with strong female characters and the results they found may be surprising.

In these movies, there were more male than female characters in 11 out of the 12. The men in many of the movies also spoke more than the women characters.

In the 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" male characters had 71 percent of the lines. In "Aladdin", men had 90 percent. 

This isn't always the case, in Disney's early films like "Snow White" women spoke as much, if not more, than men. Also,  in 2012's "Brave" women spoke 74 percent of the lines. 

In Disney's recent smash film "Frozen", women spoke only 41 percent of the lines despite being a story about two sisters.