Zootopia (2016)

‘Try Everything’ is still playing in my head while I write this. Even if you take away that much from the film, it’s worth it. The evolution of animation is evident in the minute detailing and multitude of colours which have been wonderfully crafted in this film.

Anthropomorphic animals give us an insight into highly relevant messages which are metaphorical with sound impact. New recruit rabbit Judy Hopps needs the help of a shifty fox Nick Wilde to solve a case. Enter politics, gender bias, glass ceiling, size, race, diet prejudice and voila! You have the modern messy world!

A host of talented voices (including Shakira) entertain us while we enjoy the vivid landscapes that exist in Zootopia, a kind of ‘utopia for mammals’. While their main concern is that predators don’t turn savage, we humans share the same problem.

Drawing parallels with the current state of society, this layered film delivers multiple messages and a heart warming friendship.

3.5/5

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Wreck it Ralph (2012)

Was sitting on this Oscar nominee film for a while, and a few minutes into it I wondered why did I wait so long to watch it. What a brilliant concept!

Tapping into the recesses of our childhood memories, it brings the excitement of arcade games back to life. Our favourite 1 dimensional players have personalities, aspirations, problems and many have an identity crisis!

The seamless way we are shown the many ‘environments’ which have their own rules, the arcade existence which has its own parameters, the sound quality, pixilation and above all the vision of director Rich Moore is fantastic.

Was a nice glimpse into ‘the world within a world’, and any film that can successfully create that and engage you in it is a winner!

Marrying animation and the gaming environment, fix a date with this one!

3.5/5