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Zootopia (review)

on 18 February 2016 at 13:13:51 MST

I went in not wanting to like it, because of all the hype and speculation and furry ridiculousness and Rule 34 and so on and so forth. "Oh hell, here we go, this is going to be Disney throwing gasoline on the bonfire" was what I expected. But I was wrong.

I have to say, I absolutely loved it.

To start off, it's not a furry movie. Meaning, it's not made for furries. Yes it has furries in it, but it was not made specifically for you. Sorry to burst your bubble. Disney made this movie as just another movie, and clever marketers that they are, saw how ga-ga furries would go for it, and rightly sold the ice cubes to you Eskimos. That said, they did a superb job. They didn't overdo the tired bromides that plague the fandom. In fact, I don't think I spotted any at all. Maybe they were careful to avoid them? Maybe they just did a stand-up job on the whole thing. Whatever they did, the recipe was just right.

Not just because it was longer than most of their animated features at 108 minutes. I think what made it is that they actually strayed from their tried-and-true-but-oh-so-tired "here is a stereotype character with hopes and dreams, ACTION!" and went for more of a "here is a stereotype character with hopes and dreams, and THIS IS WHY THEY ARE WHO THEY ARE, and this is why they are fighting to get past those stereotypes." Actual backstory, however brief, gives you a much closer connection to the characters and makes them more believable. Internal and external conflicts? WHAT PLANET AM I ON?! Bravo, Disney, Bravo.

Also of note, and things you will never ever see, was the care taken to localize the movie for the audience. I saw it in Spanish dub, and instead of just providing a subtitle or ignoring key elements of the story or environment, they actually changed the art and signage in places in order to not shit on their audience.

The environments are overflowing with detail, so much so that it's probably well worth getting the DVD to pause it and look through all the stuff they hid in the background.

Nick Wilde, as cool a character as he was, features as more of a secondary/sidekick role. I would have liked to see him bucking the system more than he was, but he still pulled off the role of an efficient, roll-with-the-punches, dead-inside, world-weary con man. Maybe they were just doing a good job in not supplying him with any shits to give.

Judy Hopps, I very much wanted not to like. I am not fond of cops and all they stand for, and oh no, will you really torture me with another Disney die-cast Pollyanna character? Thank you for breaking the mold. Judy goes into her job as a police officer with all the gusto of a stereotype rookie boyscout, and immediately has the carpet pulled out from under her, assigned to meter maid duty. She is put in her place, and receives a rude awakening to the realities of the world she lives in.

One thing I liked about the setting is that everyone has their ideas of what Zootopia is, and should be (just like Utopia), and in a dystopian twist, it is revealed that all is not what it seems. Zootopia is presented as a place where everyone gets along in peace and harmony, but the predators, a minority, are actually treated as second-class citizens.

Without spoiling too much (and stop reading here or do not whine to me that I spoiled it for you even though I am not), it turns out that a rash of missing person mysteries are predators who have gone feral. Judy and Nick work together to find out why.

Judy, in her attempts to blow the whistle on the plot before knowing the full story, fractures the fragile balance of tensions in the city, and ruins things for everyone.

And in the end, it is revealed that the majority wishes to sieze and consolidate power by any means necessary to bring into being their own twisted version of Utopia. Distrust of the government in a Disney flick!? Be still my beating heart!

In summary, go and see it; it’s a great movie. Just don’t expect it to be “furry” simply because it contains “furries.”

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      Fact 1: you never apologized. Fact 2: When I asked you what was up, your response was, and I quote, "Even if I had - and I'm not saying it was me - so what? Why do you care if people see your art? Whats the point of hoarding it? You do know the more people who see it the more they will want to pay for it, right? You don't fight piracy by hiding from it. Look at what that kind of mentality has done to Hardblush. That site is pretty much dead now."

      Translated: I don't care.

      No apology, no "I'll take it down" (that wouldn't come until later), nothing but warnings to the troll hive that I was watching the thread, and putting up our conversation with more saber-rattling cries to your little troll horde.

      You know, if it had not been for that stuff I'd have been content to chalk it up to a simple mistake. But you can't let things go. Next logical stage is to contact the other creators and tell them what's up. Fair play considering what you did. Anyone else would have done the same. But you couldn't cope with that either.

      You are the one, in fact, who has been pushing this and making it worse. You, sir, seem to have a very warped sense of remembering simple details, even ones which there is a written record of. And the internet also seems to have a nice record of the fact that you have an issue of LETTING THINGS GO. (https://encyclopediadramatica.se/Sniff_Heinkel)

      I sent you an email. I've got your address. I've got your admission. I've got screenshots going back a long ways. Time to throw in the towel on this one and delete all those repostings. Because the next person you talk to about this whole incident will be a judge.

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    That is a lie and you know it. I posted 2 images you made on one website and deleted them a day later. Get over yourself.

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      Feathers in the wind. Read up on it sometime.

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        Whatever. Stop lying about me. Fucker.