austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

We're rocking the suburbs; everything we need is here

And then there was our actual relationship anniversary day. We couldn't devote it entirely to each other; we both had to work, after all. But we could get enough work done to have the evening to ourselves. And after months of wanting to go to movies and never finding the time, we went to our third movie in a week. It was, of course, Zootopia. We figured we couldn't put it off much longer without losing all ability to talk to our friends.

Well, yeah, we liked it. Quite a bit. Still don't see why the movie's entire marketing campaign was ``they're animals, but they can take selfies!'', but just the architecture and graphic design of the city won me over. I'm a soft touch for movies with a lot of great-looking buildings.

And yeah, there's this intricate plot that's earnest and blunt about racism. Animal stories have a long history of being allegories for stories about race, sometimes competently. Now, we both thought the allegories were muddled, in that the mappings between populations and perceived power and stereotypes seemed confused. bunny_hugger thought that a mistake by the movie, keeping its theme from being clearly made. I thought it was a strength, though. Racial categories and stereotypes and prejudices seem to me confused and often muddled or contrary things, and an honest representation doesn't quite make logical sense.

We did both notice there weren't raccoons. I formed a hypothesis about that. The setting depends on a reasonably clear distinction being drawn between predator and prey species. Omnivores would muddle that distinction. It did strike me that Nick Wilde as the ever-so-suspect fox at one point eats a blueberry. That would be the only apparent crossing of the eats-meat/eats-plant line that the movie does depend on, and so resonate with the untrustworthiness-of-foxes.

(Of course, most meat-eating animals will go in for plants especially when the pickings are light. And the reverse happens. The movie's got a quick shot of some squirrels, for example, and they'll eat meat in none-too-constrained circumstances. I can forgive the movie for simplifying the diet thing, although it does make the predator/prey divide more muddled than the moviemakers apparently wanted.)

Quite a good movie, yes. Still don't see why everyone is acting like it's the greatest thing humanity has ever accomplished, nor why people have gone to see it as many as five times in a single day.

After the movie, of course, we played the Star Trek pinball the theater has. We had a pretty good run of games, although it wasn't as kind to us as usual. Some good rounds, though, which is all you really want.

Trivia: The peace treaty presented by the Conference at Versailles to Austria on the 2nd of June, 1919, included a clause prohibiting the country from having submarines. (It had been copied from the German treaty without careful review.) Source: Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, Mararet MacMillan.

Currently Reading: Worldly Goods: A New History og the Renaissance, Lisa Jardine.

PS: A Leap Day 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Orthonormal, a sequel!


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