Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest piece, Zootopia, has been slaying reviewers all over the country…in the best way possible. So I need to blow off a little steam about something. It has to do with elitism in the artistic and media domains, which is a problem that affects not only creatives, but those who want to be part of the community.
I once read a comment by a professional reviewer at AMPAS (they decide what wins Oscars) that they don’t even bother watching the contenders for Best Animated Film “because they are older than 5.” I find that elitist attitude toward animation to be complete BS and shameful to anyone who claims to be a movie aficionado. If a motion picture is well-made and interesting, and is full of artistic passion, who GIVES a hoot if the characters aren’t live acted? Newsflash: Have you SEEN the reviews for like 85% of the “real films” that come out these days? They’re trash. A movie is a movie, regardless of the style it uses to tell its story. So here’s to you, Zootopia. Haters gonna hate! (Rant over.)