Posted in Animation, U.S. Film

ZOOTOPIA (2016)

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A film by Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Zootopia, a fantasy set in a city where predators and prey live together in harmony, is a funny, beautifully designed kids’ film with a message that it restates at every turn. And yes the massage here does not fall apart it keeps on coming. Discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason and it is not easy to overcome the reason but you will have to be patient.

Ginnifer Goodwin  who voices Bunny Hops, a small town rabbit who’s told that she can’t be a police officer in Zootopia because there’s never been a rabbit police officer.The job tends to be done by rather large predators. and yes Hops makes it through police training anyway and gets assigned to meter maid duty which she does not like, she wants real work.  Well her carrot farmer parents (Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake),  gave her fox repellent as a going-away present. Nice. Well of course you have guessed it, Hops ends up partnered with a red fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a small-time hustler who reluctantly helps her investigate the disappearances of a dozen predators. Like I said here is a disney animation with a message asking its characters to look past species stereotypes.  And yes  there are acknowledgments of the destructive self-hatred that discrimination can cause. May of the animals makes jokes at the expense of stereotypes about their species. The thing is Wilde became a hustler because other animals hazed him as a pup while repeating anti-fox stereotypes. So he became the hustler to him there were no other choice. But Hops is optimistic if you want it bad enough you are going to work as hard if not harder than the other. The thriller’s plot, borrows from 48 HRS and every cop drama involving governmental conspiracy, is smartly written here. Here is a cool animation that will become a classic before we know it. And yes it is for kids as well as for adults.

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