Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you’ve probably heard about Zootopia, Disney Animation’s newest movie about anthropomorphic animals. Released on March 4th, the family film raked in an outstanding $75 million on opening weekend and has been the #1 film for its first two weekends with a gross of just under $600 million worldwide as of March 23rd. (More box office information will be released soon.) The film also has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1/10 rating on IMDB, so if pure statistics are enough to convince you to see the film, there you go.
But if you really want to know why this movie is worth seeing in theaters, not once but multiple times, here’s a quick breakdown of the awesome things you can expect from what could possibly be the next Oscar winner for Animated Feature.
What do Conan, Colbert, Wilmore and Kimmel have in common? Two things: late night shows and being male. And while some (ahem Jessica Williams, Chelsea Handler, Kristen Schaal) have begun to penetrate the male-dominated area, the ‘genderization’ of comedy has been dually noted by comedian and long time correspondent on The Daily Show, Samantha Bee. A photo of the late night comedian cast from Vanity Fair’s October issue was released yesterday. It quickly became a gender controversy when the lack of women became instantly obvious. Although not entirely all male and white as of recently (Thank you Larry Wilmore), it does without a doubt seem that diversity of all kinds is still a major absence.
However with Samantha’s new late night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airing this year, it seems like Bee will have the last sarcastic laugh on the matter. Bee responded to Vanity Fair’s feature of the eight male comedians by posting her own photo onto Twitter. The picture portrays Bee as a centaur with red lasers as eyes, dominating the male scene.
But gender, or for that matter racial inequality, is by all means still present, even though a couple more white women have joined the late night comedy crew. However, today I am thankful for seeing these gaps closing with each small triumph and “first”. Although small, its changes like these that increasingly transform society. I’m thankful for the media for being a platform for social change when calling attention to inequalities is necessary. And of course, another thank you goes out to Samantha Bee, for making America laugh at our country’s preposterous antics and for always being, as she puts it, “female as f**k.”
“Hindsight” is VH1’s newest show and so far it’s off to a great start. The premise is versatile in that it appeals to multiple generations: Becca (Laura Ramsay) finds herself transported into the past, specifically to her first wedding day in 1995. With tons of pop culture references from both the 90’s and today, everyone can enjoy the quirkiness that is “Hindsight.” Becca and her best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg) attempt to navigate the difficulties of time travel while dealing with dating, heartbreak, and basically trying to be adults. Now that’s what I call relatable.