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Review of the animated cartoon "Zveropolis"

A brilliant animation creation of the Walt Disney studio, which you immediately want to revise as soon as you leave the hall.

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Long ago, animals were divided into predators and herbivores, and some hunted others. However, this primitive epoch has remained in the past. Now all animals have acquired intelligence, and they have learned to live together, not devouring each other. But even in their utopia there are crimes, and the provincial hare Judy Hopps from the very childhood dreams of becoming a police officer. Although usually only large and powerful animals such as tigers, bears and elephants are taken for service, Hopps fights through all the tests of the police academy and becomes the first hare-cop in the history of the metropolis of Zveropolis. When she enters the service, she is instructed to write out fines for parking, but she does not stop it. To prove that hares can not be worse policemen than other animals, Judy undertakes to disclose the case of the abduction of 14 predatory animals, which has stumped her more experienced colleagues.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

Initially, it was assumed that Nick would be the protagonist of the picture, and Judy - his forced partner, but then the story was radically revised

33 years ago, the British satirist science fiction writer Terry Pratchett came up with a universe called "Flat World". Before his death last year, he wrote 41 a novel about the Flat World, and each of these books became a bestseller. Why is this? To the fact that for the first time in its history the Walt Disney studio not only produced a wonderful animation tape, but created on the screen such a multifaceted and surprisingly rich world, that, it seems, it could be drawn an 41 cartoon, and the audience would not tire of watching them. How not tired fans of Pratchett read about the adventures of colorful and hilarious inhabitants of a flat planet.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

In the Russian version of the cartoon of the Mayor of the Zveropolis, the actor and director Vladimir Menshov was voiced, and the sloth named Blitz - the leading "In the world of animals" Nikolai Drozdov

Of course, "Zveropolis" is far from the first animated story about the world of anthropomorphic animals (that is, animals that wear clothes and walk on their hind legs), and the Disney themselves have painted many such cartoons in the past. But none of these paintings could boast that in almost every key frame, dozens and hundreds of man-hours were spent invested in inventing a city where shrews and giraffes can interact on an equal footing.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

Just imagine - that the Zveropolis could accommodate residents from all over the world, the builders divided it into many natural and high-altitude zones, each with its own climate and its own architecture. If in the quarter of the elephants Judy needs to bounce to reach the counter, then in the quarter of small rodents, she towers over the inhabitants like King Kong and almost demolishes the whole quarter in pursuit of the criminal of her height. And this is not just a visual detail - it's a key story element. So, for example, fox-cheater Nick, who in the course of the action became a "snitch" and assistant Judy, uses the difference in scale for one of his machinations. He turns one elephant ice cream into a hundred candies for lemmings and cash in on the price difference. Is not that so, delightful?

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

While many cartoons of this kind drive animals to the same size (remember the Disney TV series "DuckTales"And"Miracles on bends") And actually make of the characters in fluffy and feathered hides, the Zveropolis constantly emphasizes the physiological difference between the characters and finds all the new graphic and plot ways to beat it. His characters are not disguised people, but real animals. But these are beasts, in the city of which there are police, mafia, corrupt officials, inconspicuous employees, small businessmen, limousine services, parking fines, cell phones, television, the Internet ... And even a pop star is a gazelle that Shakira voiced, Zveropolis "is the title song.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

In fact, the world of the film is as complex as real modern life. It is even more difficult, because animal realities are added to human realities - the above-mentioned differences in sizes and climatic preferences and the inevitable frictions arising from the interaction of different species. The plot of the picture revolves around the mutual distrust of predators and herbivores, but if the Disneyers want to continue the history of the "Zveropolis", then it will not be difficult for them to find in nature and transfer to the screen new sources of simultaneously dramatic and amusing conflicts.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

With all the virtues of the world "Zveropolis", he would have disappointed the audience, if it did not live as entertaining characters. But, fortunately, Judy Hopps is the most difficult and interesting positive heroine in the drawn Disney history. Yes, yes, this is not an exaggeration. At the beginning of the picture, she seems to be a stereotyped naive provincial-good-natured who came to subdue the big city and establish the values ​​of equality and brotherhood. But even during training at the police academy, she shows herself much smarter and more adventurous than usually such heroines. And when Judy goes to the "warpath" with crime, she turns out to be not only cunning, but even a little insidious and ready to deftly circumvent the law and use the villains for her own interests. In other words, Judy is closer to Zheglov than to Sharapov. What, you will agree, is amazing for the Disney cartoon.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

And that is not all! The main "chip" Judy - in her way of thinking. Compare it with the heroine seems to be a more adult Disney project - the series "Agent Carter". His title character Peggy Carter (also the heroine of the film "The first Avenger") Lives in post-war America, but appears to be the focus of all modern feminist virtues, from belief in one's sex to the absence of prejudice. Peggy is almost perfect against the backdrop of her flawed men. On the contrary, Judy is afraid of predators, although they have not hunted for a long time. And although she tries to suppress her prejudices, they break through in moments of turmoil when the hare loses control.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

What a delightful irony - Judy comes to the metropolis to dispel prejudices against hares, but it has to dispel not so much strangers as its own prejudices and fears. The city takes Judy earlier than she takes full advantage of the predators with whom she now has to live and work. Her fears are not just remnants of the past and traces of archaic upbringing. They have a basis in reality. And the picture does not turn away from these subtle psychological nuances, but gazes intently at the evolution of the heroine's consciousness.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

By the way, this is now possible only in a cartoon about animals or in a different metaphorical canvas, where the essence of the narrative is "removed" by transferring the action to a different reality. Is it possible to imagine the positive heroine of the mainstream Hollywood blockbuster, which would be at least a bit racist, homophobic and so on? Of course not. And Judy is such a rabbit. Insanely charming, but far from politically correct impeccability agent Carter. What makes her a much more interesting character - a "hero in development", not stuck in its perfection.

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

A shot from the cartoon "Zveropolis"

And what are the bright secondary characters in the film! And what an entertaining story - not the most dashing prisoner in the history of detectives, but capable at the time of stumped even Sherlock Holmes! About animation and stutter is not necessary - of course, she is in the cartoon Walt Disney at the highest technical and artistic level. On one facial expression of the heroes, you can write a voluminous delighted treatise from solid exclamation marks. And how many in the film are jokes and gags, equally ridiculous for adults and children!

Whether if in "Zveropolis" to what to carp? Unless in detail, and nitpicking will be so insignificant that they should not be listed. Perhaps the biggest claim should be made to the advertisers who made the trailer from the funniest scene of the film - an episode in the car registration service, where only sloth workers work. This brilliant episode sets such a high bar that, having looked at the whole film, you come out of the audience a little disappointed, since there are no more hilarious moments in the tape. But since "Zveropolis" is not a comedy, but a comedic social detective, the guilt of the creators of the picture is not here. Yes, in "Zveropolis" a lot of excellent humor, but it is more food for brains than for smiles. And this is excellent.

Since 3 March at the cinema.

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