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It’s the end of another beautiful week and what am I thankful? I’m thankful for my amazing family. From my mummy (smile), to my sisters and brothers; they’re simply amazing. #AMAGHIMO #thankfulformyamazingfamily.

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img_20160617_121537_038.jpgI’m also thankful for my brother of late memory, Pst Peter Emeaghara. I’m ever grateful to God for the time I got to spend with you (no matter how small it seemed). Your legacy lives on.

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halima-ekhar3.jpeg.jpegBack to the movies. This weekend, we’re reviewing an animation movie. It’s Zootopia!!! Give it up guys for the box office record breaking movie. Yay!!! So let’s find out what’s so special about it.

Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some European countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated buddy cop comedy adventure, film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The film is directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-directed by Jared Bush, and stars the voices of Ginnifer GoodwinJason BatemanIdris ElbaJenny SlateNate TorrenceTommy ChongJ. K. Simmons,Octavia SpencerAlan Tudyk, and Shakira.

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The film centers around a rabbit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) who fulfills her childhood dream of becoming the first rabbit police officer in an urban utopia called Zootopia (Where prey and predators live in harmony). Being the first rabbit on the police force of mostly predators, her capabilities are in doubt but Judy proves herself when she teams up a red fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to uncover a conspiracy that involves the disappearance of predator civilians within a mammalian metropolis.

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As of June 12, 2016, Zootopia has grossed $338.2 million in North America and $668.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.007 billion against a budget of $150 million. Wow, you say! It became the second surprising hit of the year, following Deadpool. On March 18, 2016, the film reached the $500 million mark, becoming the third consecutive Walt Disney animated film to reach the milestone after Frozen (2013) and Big Hero 6 (2014). On April 5, it became the first film of 2016 to gross over $800 million in ticket sales, and on April 24, became the first ever film of 2016 to cross $900 million.

Worldwide, it is currently the second highest-grossing film of 2016 behind Captain America: Civil War, the highest-grossing animated film of 2016, the second highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film of all-time in its original release (after Frozen) and the second highest overall (also Frozen), the second highest-grossing original film (behind Avatar), the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all-time, and the twenty-fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

The film received critical acclaim, with praise directed towards the animation, voice acting, and screenplay; critics highlighted the film’s topical themes of prejudice and stereotypes as timely. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 98%, based on 209 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The site’s consensus statement reads, “The brilliantly well-rounded Zootopia offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that’s as rich and timely as its sumptuously state-of-the-art animation – all while remaining fast and funny enough to keep younger viewers entertained.”

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Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times considered the movie “funny, smart, [and] thought-provoking.” The reviewer Mark Kermode in The Observer, found the film to be a “very funny, and very likable holiday treat”. In fact, it’s a delightfully well-orchestrated parable about trust and tolerance verses panic and prejudice.”

In the UK daily newspaper The Daily TelegraphRobbie Collin noted, “Like Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs., albeit considerably cuter, Judy and Nick make a hilariously strained but effective double act – not least thanks to Goodwin and Bateman’s tremendous vocal work.”

Rosa Prince in The Daily Telegraph, found the film’s lead character, Judy Hopps, a welcome change for Disney animated feature film heroines, who are only interested in being saved by Prince Charming. Judy breaks the mold by focusing on her dream career as a police officer, serving her city and saving everyone else. Ginnifer Goodwin, the actress who voices Judy and has two sons, said: ‘If I had little girls, I would kill for Judy Hopps to be their role model.

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All well said people, because I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with the movie. I simply loved it. The humour, the plot and the characters were brilliant. And the message behind the film; never generalize, show hatred or prejudice towards people because of the ethnic group they belong to, is especially key for a country like Naija which is built up of diverse ethnicity, that hate and barely tolerate themselves. If a lion can be a mayor, a lamb it’s deputy and a rabbit a police officer in the same city, then anything is possible including have a united Naija. Wish we will remember that our differences don’t necessarily have to divide us but can make us stronger, if we let them.

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Pleaseeee go see the movie and send in your take. If you’re on the Island this Sunday, you may wonna check out our Old School Party. Admission is absolutely FREE! Bye folks! XoXo!

 

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    Neca Ugochukwu-Onyeka
    June 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    ZOOTOPIA!!!..its a movie to watch.
    I totally loved it.
    My best character is FLASH!!! a Sloth who drives a very fast car–(hilarious)
    That was my very first time of taking note of the animal Sloth and its characteristics(i actually did a full research on it).
    I love the cunny fox-exhibiting its natural characteristics and officer Hopps, what a beautiful and intelligent Rabbit.
    My favorite quote: “its your word against yours”….officer Hopps

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