Writing Assignment 1 - Ellaine Porwanto (404741398).pdf

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Writing Assignment 1 Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush, 2016), Disney’s animated film set in a delightfully humanized animal world, is inherently more western than it is at first glance. It compellingly embodies discussed western paradigms in characterization and world building, with dimensions that make the movie so kaleidoscopic and gripping as a whole. Zootopia’s main characters fall under the opposing categories of outlaw hero and official hero. Judy Hopps ideally represents an official hero: optimistic, righteous, and ambitious. ( Ray, Robert B. “A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980.” Formal and Thematic Paradigms. Princeton University Press, 1985, Pp. 59) These qualities are very comprehensibly shown even during the first few minutes of the movie. Struggling to excel in the police academy despite being physically disadvantaged displays her perseverance and will. Holding on to her utopian belief that Zootopia allows all mammals to pursue what they truly wish proofs her unbounded optimism. Being extremely angered when she discovers Nick Wilde’s cunning and illegal activities conveys her overall adherence to law, which directly connects to an official hero’s stereotype. ( Ray, Robert B. “A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980.” Classic Hollywood. Princeton University Press, 1985, Pp. 62) Nick Wilde, quite evidently, is the outlaw hero. Corresponding so well with the term “sly fox”, Nick is capable of conning everyone he comes across with. Nick is also manipulative and articulate, adept in wearing multiple facades to achieve what he wants. In the scene where he fools the empathetic Judy to buy him a giant sized popsicle, he appears to be so harmless and gentle. Then, he changes completely into a sarcastic and rude cynic when Judy comes to confront him about his illegal business. Nick, as an outlaw, refuses to conform with law, frees himself from entanglements, and chooses to pursue individualism. ( Ray, Robert B. “A Certain Tendency of the Hollywood Cinema, 1930-1980.” Formal and Thematic Paradigms. Princeton University Press, 1985, Pp. 59) However, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are charming because they fit the mainstream western characterization so familiarly, yet are more multi dimensional than their adorable faces might suggest. Judy Hopps, an official hero who is so righteous and comfortable living under
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