How to get out of stereotypes about individual animals?
The film is an adaptation of a series of graphic novels by Australian children’s book author Aaron Blabey. The first part was published in 2015. A group of animals with human characteristics try to do good deeds so that society no longer perceives them as criminals, but they don’t always succeed so well.
Wolf, Snake, Tarantula, Piranha and Shark form a perfectly coordinated team of thieves. Each of them has specific characteristics that make them successful. Their next goal is to be a Golden Dolphin, which is a city trophy for the most exemplary citizen. However, the action does not go as planned and the group is arrested by the police. Professor Marmeláda, who was to receive the prize, suggests that he try to re-educate them. The gang agrees because it means they don’t have to go to jail. As they learn to do good things, they gradually discover that it’s not such a bad feeling. However, a new villain appears in town and wants to seduce them by stealing a meteorite from them.
Embodying animals in an animated film for children is quite simply a safe bet.Embodying animals in an animated film for children is quite simply a safe bet. In this case, they live with people, but unfortunately it is not explained how this happened. Interestingly, people most often play the role of guards or policemen, but they are not given much attention. On the other hand, the confrontation of animals with their typical characteristics has proven itself in the past. After all, it was the best of Zootropolis: City of Animals (2016).
It’s the animals that make up the criminal group that aren’t usually portrayed very positively in the stories. However, the main characters in this film prove that this is not always so true. This can be transferred to the real world. It always depends mainly on what we want to be ourselves. Although it’s easier not to break out of these long-established stereotypes.
Being empathetic to others isn’t just a boring cliché. Emphasis is also placed on the power of friendship. When you have someone you can rely on 100%, it’s a gift. That would sum up the basic message of this film. Luckily, they’re not aggressively sold, which would be guaranteed to turn off every viewer.
As is customary in such a genre, the individual animal characters are humanized. The wolf wears a suit, the snake wears a Hawaiian shirt, and the fox wears a formal dress. This also applies to their wide variety of grimaces. At the same time, however, they also retain the animal part. For example, everyone’s tail is twisted out of a sense of goodness.
Screenwriters Etan Cohen and Hilary Winston and director Pierre Perifel must definitely adore the popular Danny’s Companions trilogy (first installment from 2001). Although it is a children’s work, it is shot in a similar style. Whether it’s the sophisticated action of a band of thieves at a major social event, the splitting of the screen into multiple images watching their various activities, or similar music. The charming wolf of George Clooney, who leads the whole gang, is just the famous icing on the cake.
A group of wicked people will gradually grow in a person’s heart. Maybe it’s because they value their friendship and the undeserved label of brilliant villains a lot. Undoubtedly, the pleasure of the individual characters also lies in the voice acting – both original and Czech were very successful. A nice animation sometimes makes it look like someone has drawn the individual frames by hand. The whole film is laced with humor – whether it’s one-off jokes (animal costumes), imaginative sequences (hypnotized by a tsunami of guinea pigs) or amusing details (a snake with handcuffs around its neck, etc. .). Danny’s partner-style shooting also contributes to this. Although the images are a little longer than necessary, it is an enjoyable sight for families with children.
“What? Should we help someone?”
“Professor Marmalade, how do you manage to be the most exemplary citizen in the city?
“I’ll try George Clooney with her, maybe she’ll help me.”