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Sunday Movie - 1pm at Cafe La Villa (BCP Center) - Zootopia (2016)


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Movie starts at 1pm, and food, drinks and popcorn will be available from Cafe La Villa.  (Early birds get the comfy sofas, but if you like, you can bring cushions for the hard restaurant chairs, or folding/camp chairs for more comfort.)  There is no admission charge, but we ask for voluntary donations to support the program and help pay for the audio/video system. 

Below is the list of our films for the next four weeks.  I plan to send out details each film the week before the screening.    

February 19: Zootopia (2016 - U.S.)  Animated, comedy - rated PG 

February 26: Manchester by the Sea (2016 - U.S.

March 5:  Tracks (2013 - Australia) 

March 12:  Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary about Cuba)


Description:  It's time to lighten up a bit this Sunday, and we will be screening the 2016 Disney animated film "Zootopia" - pure family fun. 

I have mixed feelings about Disney films, mainly because of its history of sanitizing reality and convincing so many children that everyone can grow up to be a prince or princess.  On the other hand, in recent years, Disney films have been a bit more realistic with characters and roles that are relevant to real life - and the fact that the world is not perfect. 

I believe that the Roger Ebert website again has the best review, because it looks beyond the fluff and discusses the flaws in this film,giving it a 3 out of 4 rating.  In spite of those flaws, I found the film to be absolutely delightful and fun even as an adult.  It certainly entertained millions with its lighthearted approach to stereotypes and discrimination using anthropomorphized animal characters.   


“Zootopia [is] a fantasy set in a city where predators and prey live together in harmony, is a funny, beautifully designed kids’ film with a message that it restates at every turn. But if you think about that message for longer than five minutes...it invites a reading that is almost surely contrary to the movie’s seemingly enlightened spirit: discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, and it’s not easy for members of a despised class to overcome the reasons why the majority despises them, so you gotta be patient." 

Link to trailer 


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