Zootopia review

For my out of class activity I went to go see Zootopia by Disney at AMC theaters over in Littleton, for the time I went to see was at 10pm. With this film being aimed for children/family audiences, I wanted to be able to watch the film with less noise from the audience. As for the audience, children were still present but they were with their parents and they were older. From what I observed the children ages were around 10 to 12 years old, since it was later at night, the children were dressed in their pajamas. With it being late at night I figured that they would go to bed once they arrive home. Now onto the movie/film itself, the main protagonist a female bunny named Judy whose aspiration is to become a police officer in the Megalopolis city called Zootopia. Zootopia is a city with 12 districts that coincide with different animals that are living in each district. With being a police officer in Zootopia usually consists of larger animals, mostly predator animals. So naturally everyone is confused or pessimistic about Judy’s career choice/dream, in the beginning of the film, there is exposition of how and what Zootopia is all about and the possibilities are for their fellow citizens. Which inspires Judy to want to become a police officer, as the film continues Judy becomes a Police officer and gets her first case. There are disappearances of several predator animals threw out the city, in the end Judy and some help from some shady characters found where the missing animals were at and discovered a plan to get rid of the predator animals by making them more animalistic. The plot twist at the end was the mayors’ assistant, a sheep, created an underground plan to attack the predator animals so the non-predator animals feared them. In the end the plan was exposed, and both non-predator and predator animals are back living in harmony. For a Disney film it was interesting to see Disney to take on a neo-noir story plot. From what I took away from this movie was that stereotyping can be broken, and fear can cause prejudice to other groups of animals that are minorities in the main group. To me this applies to real life, for example groups like lgbt and racial minorities are some of the groups that have been targeted by the majority over the years. Its nice to see how Disney is making films/stories that confront social issues in todays society.

Multiplicity QCQ

Quote: “There is such a thing as the united text that is written as the expression of a single voice, but that reveals itself as open to interpolation on several levels.”

Comment: What I got from this text is ones written or idea can be reiterated in many other forms of meaning for others.

Question: Would be interesting to see how ones idea gets reiterated into something else, would the person/writer of the original idea get upset?

Visibility QCQ

Quote: “Into the organization of this material, which is no longer purely visual but also conceptual”

Comment: Some times seeing visual aids, meaning movies or television shows, won’t be able to show the meaning of what the author is trying to convey. It’s only ones person perspective.

Question: With one persons vision of a meaning being interrupt by another person who has a different point of view, how can the two or more people can find a way to work together to make their visions work together?

Exactitude QCQ

Quote: “Leonardo da Vinci offers a significant example of the battle with language to capture something that evaded his powers of expression. Leonardo’s codices comprise an extraordinary documentation of struggle with language, a gnarled spiky language, from which he seeks richer, more subtle, and more precise expression.”

Comment: Sometimes language can’t express feelings, even with the most diverse  language.

Question: With some poems and stories, when is the work perfect or exact?

Design Brief for Project 2

Title: Project 2

Stakeholders: Myself and Carrie Osgood

Context: A short narrative on my grandfather witnessing the atomic bomb

Problem identification: Knowing how to show his point of view on seeing an atomic bomb and what can the audience take away from viewing this short narrative.

Objectives: To stimulate or negate the viewer in this 30 sec

Audience: Classmates and professor

Positioning and communication strategy: The single message that should be conveyed is not everyone was able to witness the atomic bomb in person.

Pragmatic issues:

-What issues must be overcome? Figuring out how to illustrate the explosion of a atomic bomb, both visual and audio, finding sounds that are relevant and original to the narrative.

-what noise can you forsee? Time, and technical issues that can cause the lack of success in this project.

QCQ Epic Spatialities 373-384

Quote: “Video games have been described as “play spaces” (Jenkins 1998), partially to distinguish them from other screen-based representational practices by emphasizing that their spaces not simply represented but also experienced, understood, and navigated.”

Comment:  Interesting quote, come to think of it video games in general have a unique sense of being. Never thought how video games stories are more interactivity than other narrative medias. Which makes sense since it’s a game!

Question: As video games progress along with technology, i.e. game consoles, when does certain video games narratives get too complicated that they value of gameplay gets lowered?