Friday, March 4, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

Director(s): Byron Howad, Rich Moore, Jared Bush. Cast (voices): Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira. 108 min. Rated PG. Animation.

Another "cartoon", which similar to Inside Out, carries more lessons for grown-ups than for kids. If that film was a fast-track on neuroscience, this is a college course on sociology: how we're taught to stereotype, how today's attempts to neutralize stereotyping have fallen flat on the face, how those band-aid attempts have led to bottling-up people with fear of their misunderstandings, and how that fear is used to control the masses (quite opportune, in the midst of Trump's rants). This'll surely go over a pre-schooler's head, but Disney has come a long way since princes saved princesses, and that's good.

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