I had the great pleasure of being in school during the Easter holidays. No, seriously, I mean that! The change of pace, scenery and the chance to talk to some different people was exactly what I needed. As it was the Easter holidays, no traditional teaching or learning actually took place. Anything those children learned was purely by accident and I absolve myself completely from any blame!
We still settled for a daily routine of different tasks, otherwise it would have been a Minecraft Marathon and by the end those poor children would eyes like Steve... square!
One of the daily activities I was keen to push for was a movie. It was the closest we were going to get to having Film Club back and I was all for that. So for the first hour or so of each day (and the last hour or so on Thursday) we settled in to watch a film at a safe, social distance from each other.
We watched Tangled, Who Framed Rodger Rabbit and Zootropolis. Yes, they are all Disney. No, I am not being paid commission to plug Disney+ (Though would happily accept any offers should Disney wish to make me a millionaire).
As you might have guessed from the post title, I'm going to talk about Zootropolis. The reason I referred to it as Two-tropolis is because I'd recently watched it at home with my boys.
Now normally I would refrain from re-watching a movie in such a short time frame. There are very few exceptions to that rule for me but Zootropolis is an incredible film. If you haven't seen it, you really must.
On the surface it might look like any other typical animated film. Its got a bunch of different animals doing funny things and it is simply a kids movie. Right? WRONG!
Zootropolis is one of those rare movies where the balance is perfect for all ages. For the youngest it is bright and colourful with lots of action and the story is easy enough to follow. For the older children, the characters have depth and warmth and the intricacies within the story reveal a hidden layer of subtle character development and a story around perceptions of people based on their species (which shines a light on racial and cultural stereotyping without ramming it down your throat or telling you to go out and love everyone equally, instead be mindful of individuals and tolerant otyf our differences). For adults, there is an extra layer of clever jokes and references to pop culture to absorb and enjoy.
I can't speak highly for this movie. Very few films aimed at a young audience manage to cram so much societal commentary and balance that with visual jokes without either feeling forced or out of place. There is so much to enjoy for people of all ages. It makes it a perfect family film and as you get older, and with further viewings, the other layers to this clever piece of art begin to reveal themselves leaving with a wonderful sense of "Oh snap!".
It was a pure coincidence that we also watched Who Framed Rodger Rabbit in the same week as I feel these two movies compliment each other well. Both have a balance of content for adults and children, both revolve around old school crime noir, and both are timeless classics.
So, if you find yourself with some spare time watch Zootropolis. Heck, watch it twice.
Lastly, big shout out to Ernie who has binged all nine of the Star Wars films. Great job!