Sorry if I’ve been quiet for a long time, but summer is always a mess for me, and I’ve been thinking about what to do next, what to write next, and a lot of other stuff, but I’ll be back on track. For now I repost an old article that has been in stand-by from the last move.
Maybe a bit off the usual themes of my blog, but not at all, since it’s always about stories and speculation.
I would like to talk about these two animation movies together because there are similar things and different things.
Both with animals, both with a subtext that can be applied to a lot of things.
I won’t talk about the political/ideological labels some people tried to stick on them, I’ll just talk in general about the message of the movies.
And pardon me, I’m going to drop some massive spoilers. So if you don’t want to read them, just go to the CONCLUSIONS of the post.
First Angry Birds the Movie.
If you’re not familiar with Angry Birds, it’s a nice arcade game in which you must throw birds with a slingshot to destroy some structures with exploding things and pigs in it. Why? I have no idea. But it’s fun.
So the movie has succeeded in taking these game elements and creating a pretty solid and entertaining story.
It’s like Animal Farm directed by Michael Bay.
The story is about Red (-pilled) who lives in the Bird Island (I couldn’t remember a name to save my life so forgive if I get them wrong), where apparently everyone is happy and nice, while he has “anger issues”, so he needs to go take some kind of anger management class. But in the middle of this, a boat comes from the see and it’s full of green pigs loaded with TNT.
Actually the pigs act all friendly and bring gifts (one of which is a giant slingshot) and the birds are happy to let them in and party with them. Except Red and some other friends from his class, a yellow super-fast bird and a black bird that when upset explodes. They notice that the pigs are just pretending to be friendly but in the end they destroy the birds’ city and steal their eggs (their children aka their future).
So the three birds go summon the mighty eagle, who should protect them but now has become fat and lazy and doesn’t care anymore about the other birds, just contemplating his past glory.
But when all the birds realize what the pigs have done, they decide to make a boat and go to the pig island to take back their children. And that’s when that giant slingshot comes in handy, and a lot of explosions and mayhem happens. And it’s absolutely hilarious.
What’s the message of this story?
Don’t judge by the first impression.
Be careful whom you let in your home(land).
It’s okay to get angry if someone takes advantage of you.
When something bad happens, don’t expect other people to fix it, just go fix your shit yourself.
Now Let’s watch Zootopia.
It’s the classic story of the country girl moving to the big city to follow her dreams.
But the girl is a bunny and the big city is a utopia where predators and preys live side by side in harmony. And for some reason they are all mammals.
The bunny’s dream is to become a police officer, and she’s so full of hopes and good intentions while everyone makes fun of how tiny she is. (I can quite relate to that).
And she’s optimistic like any other Disney princess, and she thinks everyone is good and everyone can realize their dreams. But then she meets the real world and discovers that no, not everyone is good, there are criminals and that’s why there are police officers in the first place, so actually why would she become one if she thought everyone was a good person? No wait, she said that anyone can be good but anyone can be a jerk too, okay. I agree with that.
Unfortunately she gets in a lot of trouble because she wants to do things her way and constantly breaks the rules she is supposed to enforce. Nice cop, girl.
But in Zootopia anyone can be anything, “and these guys they’ll be naked” (cit.) and that’s how she learns that everyone is different. Small, big, fast, slow… because it’s in their DNA. Except being a prey and a predator because apparently fuck science.
She even teams up with an outlaw fox, blackmailing him to help her solve a case and save her job as a cop.
You are the worst cop ever, girl.
Anyway what happens? Some predators go nuts and aggressive and peopl- ehm animals start to freak out. And that’s basically the bunny’s fault (for telling the truth that the mayor was trying to cover up).
“I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.”
“The world has always been broken that’s why we need good cops.” (cit.)
And then it’s when she decides to quit and leave all her mess behind. She goes back to her hometown and she finds out that what made the predators go nuts are… flowers.
Flowers that acts like a drug and make animals rabid. And the Walter White of the situation (with an actual Breaking Bad reference) is a sheep. Who’s tired of being mistreated by the predators. Who’d have guessed?
But in the end the predators are not really violent and don’t want to hurt the preys. Except the ones that are actual criminals. But the cops will take care of them.
I have just one question left unanswered: WHAT DO THE PREDATORS EAT?
I know I know, it’s a children movie, again, fuck science.
Anyway, what’s the message here?
Don’t judge by the first impression.
Lying to protect your narrative will backfire. But apparently it’s fine if you are a politician? (I don’t agree with that part).
Doing drugs is dangerous.
The cops’ job is to help people.
Anyone can be good or bad, or a bit of both.
Just don’t be a sheep.
Oh, I forgot. Follow your dreams. (Said every Disney movie ever).
Both movies are spectacularly well done and I highly recommend to watch them both, ponder about them, and make your kids watch them because it’s important to develop a critical thinking without dismissing thoughts that might be different or even opposite of what you think is right.
Open your mind and try to understand what other people think and why, even if you don’t like it.
Don’t close yourself in an echo chamber.
And at the same time, don’t take things too seriously, they are just kids movies.
Let’s have some fun for once and don’t turn everything into a political debate.
But when your kids grow up, let them read Animal Farm too.