This movie acknowledges stereotypes and works with them to create a new kind of message, just because you do have some sort of cultural identity or shared behaviors with people you identify with, doesn't mean you deserve respect and equality. The jokes about sloths and wolves operates within a more high-def reality and in that way offers real hope. If you push the idea of equality to the place where everyone loses thier idiosyncrasies then it is a purely hypothetical and impossible realm, which I think is a dark nook in the brain that allows people to hide thier innate racial biases from themselves. It's the impulse to whitewash that holds people back. This movie preserves individuality and protects the vulnerability of all members of its society. It's about hope in the face of real racial turmoil, and about facing your own prejudice as an extension of your own vulnerability, and says try harder do better, we can overcome this.
Salt Lake City Weekly
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