Zootopia (Byron Howard 2016)

Zootopia is Disney’s most recent film and instead of Disney princesses learning the value of finding a husband we get animals learning to accept one another. It’s great to see how far Disney has progressed. From sexist stories about only being happy if you fall in love to love yourself and never give up on your dreams. It’s nice to know that their company is finally teaching the children of today something good.

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Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.

When a small rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is told that she would never achieve her dream of being a police officer because she is a rabbit, she proves everyone wrong and gets into the force… as a parking monitor. But when the predators start to go back to their primitive state she must team up with her key witness Nicholas P. “Nick” Wilde, a red fox who is a small-time con artist voiced by Jason Bateman.

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With a film based entirely on the lives of anthropomorphic animals, the film both embraces and goes against the stereotypical traits of these animals to both create a laugh and teach us a valuable message. No matter whom you are or your back ground you can prove people wrong. The Cheetah is a fat police officer who sits around and eats donuts. We get none of the Cheetah and all of the stereotypical American police officer.

Judy Hopps: [Approaches reception desk where Clawhauser is munching on cereal] Excuse me… Down here… Hi.

Clawhauser: O. M. Goodness, they really did hire a bunny. Ho-whop! I gotta tell you, you’re even cuter than I thought you’d be.

Judy Hopps: Ooh, ah, you probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny ‘cute’, but when other animals do it, that’s a little…

Clawhauser: [Mortified] Hoo, I’m so sorry! Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, the guy everyone thinks is just a flabby donut-loving cop stereotyping you.

The sloths are all incredibly slow and for some reason all work at the DMV. You can just feel the frustration. Flash (Raymond S. Persi), the sloth that they go to for help talks slower than a toddler attempting to read a copy of ‘Wuthering Heights’. The sloths type slow, press buttons slow, stamp slow and even laugh slow but they sure do not drive slowly. They participate in drag races.

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Nick Wilde: Flash, Flash, Hundred-Yard Dash!

I could list more great examples of this but the most important characters are Judy Hopps who is too small and cute to be an intimidating member on the force. All the other officers are huge bears, elephants and Rhinos. So when she gets to be the top of her class, you can’t help but feel a little better about yourself. Nick Wilde also faces prejudice, a fox is sly and cunning so it doesn’t help that he is a con artists. He was taught at a young age that foxes aren’t to be trusted thanks to some terrible bullies so he did what you should never do and stick with what others tell you. You never know what people have gone through in the past and you certainly should never bully anyone.

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Chief Bogo: [from trailer] It’s not about how badly you WANT something. It’s about what you are capable of!

The message of these prejudices become worse as a villain is turning the predators back to their natural state to scare the prey into kicking them out of the city. I feel that this is something Donald Trump would do. Predators are judged as the prey as they hold their children as they walk past and move seats on the bus. Can you think or to whom that happens to now? This film really does teach us not to judge a book by its cover. So despite the action, comedy and cameo from Shakira (for some reason) we get to learn about one of the most important issues of society, racism.

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Nick Wilde: [about Bellwether- a sheep] Do you think when she goes to sleep, she counts herself?

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Virtually Famous (E4 2014-)

In 2014 E4 decided to release a quiz show based around viral videos. We basically get to watch YouTube on a quiz show with a bunch of C list celebrities. Hosted by Glee’s Kevin McHale and starring Chris Stark and Seann Walsh, Virtually Famous asks questions based on the best videos online. Every Tuesday night I get a dose of Gif’s, Memes and vids. Even though it is recently finished airing, we can expect a new season in good time. (I’m, sure 40D has a few episodes available).

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They start with the typical humorous introduction of our special guests because all comedy live shows must start with banter. Luckily, this usually ends in Seann Walsh swearing and a viral video being shown. Round one is always the same with ‘Meet the makers’ where we meet the creator of a viral video and both us and the contestant need to guess who the maker is. However, they are not allowed to talk to so it’s pretty much a guessing game. Yeah, the quiz show is not general knowledge. You either need to have seen most YouTube videos or be really good at guessing.

The second round is just a silly round where anything goes. I’ve seen electrocuting bar maids and giant football pool. Again not really anything we can help with but it is funny to watch. This quiz show is very much like ITV’S Celebrity Juice. It is hilarious and just puts you in a great mood on a late Tuesday night.  The final round is the clip fire clip round, where a number of images represent a clip and then a question. They save the best till last and give us our great viral videos. I feel however, that time fly’s when you are having fun and that the round is just far too short.

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The 35 minute show gives you a great laugh and a look into the eyes of a few of our British celebs and an American host attempting to get used to life in Britain. These guests may include Radio One DJ’S and the stars of ‘Made in Chelsea’ but you can’t expect Oscar Winners on a show like this. I find it makes the show all the more special.  You would have thought though that they would have some famous YouTubers as guests but alas we get our beloved C listers. It’s wacky and I find E4 equivalent of Celebrity Juice. You can really join in but you can laugh and attempt to figure out what they are actually doing.

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Sleep Away Camp (Robert Hiltzik 1983)

Sleep Away Camp may sound like a nice episode of ‘Goosebumps’ or ‘Are you afraid of the dark’ (ah the 90’s) but trust me it is not suitable for children. The film is all about a serial killer murdering staff and children at a summer camp in America. However, from the beginning we kind of have a strong idea who the killer actually is. Therefore, we need plot twist and some interesting ways of killing and trust me the film delivers.

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When Angela’s (Felissa Rose) twin brother and farther die in a boating accident, Angela ends up living with her cousin Ricky Thomas (Jonathan Tiersten) and her absolutely crazy aunty (Desiree Gould). After her trauma and years of putting up with her Phycho aunt, there is no wonder that Angela is slightly damaged and doesn’t really talk to anyone except her cousin. Therefore, when the two go to sleep away camp she is bullied by the other girls and taken advantage of.

Trust me though when you meet the aunt, right from the beginning you can tell that she is mad as a bat.

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This film reminds me of Carrie, you don’t exactly feel bad for her victim because they were absolutely horrid to her. Nothing is better than just desserts! The best revenge however is defiantly when the 40 year old cook tries to rape her so she simply pushes him into a big pot of boiling water. Pretty much what we should do to anyone who tries to do that. It may be horrific but you don’t often feel sorry.

Angela is also very sweet and shy so we can’t help but love her. She is awkward around people and doesn’t really know what to say to people. However, when a boy finds a liking to her you can’t help but feel happy for her. He is one of the only other guys, besides her cousin who treats her like a person. So like all good love stories in a horror… one of them has to die. Yes, he pushes her into sex and if you have ever seen the film, the twist ending will explain why she isn’t too keen on getting naked in front of him.

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Like some fantastic horror films all the killing is done in POV (point of view) so we don’t actually see who the killer is but since you kind of have a good idea, the illusion is ruined. BUT the twist ending will more than make up for it!

The killing is creative for an 80’s movie and includes a bit too much violence towards children…I’m surprised they can get away with some of the things included in the movie. Prepare for controversy and feeling uncomfortable.

The film may not be scary but it is a good watch and a great example on why not to bully the shy kid… you may just end up dead.

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