I have thought about gender and race issues in Disney films, but I'd be interested in seeing some research data about how these movie influence us. It would probably be a hard study to control, since you'd have to isolate children from Disney media for a long period of time to get an accurate picture of how watching the movies may change our perceptions of race and gender.
It's scary enough to make me wonder what I'll do if I have my own kids some day. I have always loved the brain candy that is the Disney genre (with notable exceptions). I believe that it's possible to watch the movies and still become a reasonably intelligent and informed adult. But I know that some of my perceptions about reality were pretty skewed for a long time.
Given the following, how do you let children watch these movies and talk to them about how to be critical about the content?