Perhaps using the word "overcome" was inappropriate. I didn't mean to suggest the Sloth (which has now become a very useful symbol for humans and their traits) needed to overcome who he inherently is as a character, but instead what people EXPECT from him. He overcame the STEREOTYPE that all Sloths are slow in everything they do without actually changing anything about himself (he was still inherently slow).
The same line of thinking can be applied to the "savage" animals. They weren't savagely attacking other animals in the movie because they were labeled as predators and assumed to be so, but were instead victims to a crime committed by the "prey" in the movie.
I don't believe the movie is asking people to overcome who they are (or who they are expected to be) but instead to not expect anything from anyone (to remove prejudices and labeling). The sloth is inherently slow in the movie, a trait that plays cleverly into the DMV scene. However, at the end of the movie, the sloth is seen driving at 115 mph. The irony here is that the audience fell into the trap of expecting the sloth to be slow in all parts of life and are pleasantly fooled later on when they realize that isn't the case. The "savage" predators are in fact victims of a crime committed by a character labeled as the prey. Simply said, people must overcome their own prejudices rather than overcome who they are as people (or animals).
Are we going to ignore the fact that the sloth was caught speeding in a sports car at the end of the movie? Even the sloth has a character arc and overcomes his "slow" stereotype. The movie is constantly challenging stereotypes for animals and then disproving them. There is never a point where certain prejudices aren't being disproved.
To the TWO reviewers that gave this film a bad rating:
Really? Roughly two scenes (at the most) left a bad enough taste in your mouth to give this movie less than 3/5 stars? You're basically saying that less than 5 minutes of the movie is enough to warrant a failing grade (60%). You're complaints sound so petty and minor, it's the reason why everyone finds no credibility in your reviews. The complaints you mentioned in your review can subjectively be viewed as legitimate, however they aren't enough to objectively "fail" a movie.
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