Written by Scott Edwards
Finding a job that you just love is a long and tedious process. While some people are able to wait it out for the perfect opportunity, many need some money to survive or they will wind up on the street. There is nothing wrong with taking a job just for the money, but you need to remember to keep your eyes open for that better or happier opportunity. It is easy to forget about your dreams when working in a dead-end job and too many of us have let better opportunities pass us by.
Ever since they were kids, Adam and Thomas have had a dream of being professional ghost hunters and now Adam is ready to make it finally happen. But Adam is getting pressured by his mother to get a real job, yet nothing but ghost hunting seems to fit with him. Sitting down for lunch with Thomas, Adam is given the bad news that he will need to miss the next investigation due to the fact that he has a job interview. Begging his friend not to go to it, Adam is sent on his next job alone to find out that the husband and wife in question are being haunted by a ghost dog.
Sitting down with Thomas a few days later and showing him what he has found, Adam gets the news that his best friend will be moving away as he has gotten the job. Needing to find a way to keep his dreams alive, Adam is forced to look for someone else to be part of his team. Knowing that he might have a candidate who does haunted tours around town, Adam is able to convince Dirk Diller to join him on this conquest, however he does not know what Dirk is really looking to do.
Setting up a website and ordering merchandise, Dirk is ready to take G.H.O.S.T. to the next level, but Adam is not so sure. Getting a message about a haunted doll, Adam is starting to see that Dirk may not be a believer in the supernatural. But with some high dollars starting to come into the business, Adam is not sure what he should do next. While Adam is dealing with Dirk, Thomas is having a great time in his new job, but there is something sinister lurking in his copier that is affecting his work. While the office believes he is messing around, the spirit hidden in the copier has turned its sights on the young man who needs his friend to come and help him put it to rest once and for all.
This movie was not as frightening as I would have expected for a ghost movie, but it was entertaining as you get to see inside of the heads of the characters. I liked the dual storylines between Adam and Thomas, and you just knew that they would end up meeting once again. Adam was forced to grow up pretty quickly as was he forced to take on a new partner when Thomas left, and I must admit that Dirk really knew how to get his hustle on. With the search for shadow people, proof that ghosts exist, a possessed copier, a new partner, furries and a haunting of their own doing, this movie is just fun overall. While it might be slow in a couple of spots, it was a good look at how far people are willing to go to follow their dreams.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
The fact of the matter is, there really is no good way to prepare one’s self when it comes to the death of a loved one. Sure, we can acknowledge that we lose people as we get older or work hard to mentally prepare ourselves for such a chilling fact. But when the time comes, the gravity of their loss will hit us hard, and we are ill prepared to deal with the incredible range of emotions our hearts experience at saying goodbye to someone we love and sometimes loss is only complicated further when we discover unexpected truths that we never knew about the people we cared so dearly for.
That matters simply because that kind of revelation can change our outlook on that all-important person, and how we respond to such a surprise can impact others that are grieving, putting us in quite the difficult spot, where a tough decision must be made. Do we forgive them for their past transgressions and move on? Or do we stew upon them and make our resentment known to others and all of these elements and questions are explored in incredible and sometimes heartbreaking detail in the sobering and fascinating film; The Descendants.
Now in this motion picture we are introduced to man named Matt King. Matt is an attorney, who is working hard on the legal side of a deal that could make his family filthy rich and while he should be on top of the world, his life is in a bit of a tailspin right now. For his beloved wife, Elizabeth, is in a coma as a direct result of a boating accident and to make matters worse, the Doctors have discovered that she won’t ever wake up from it, meaning that the time has come to take her off of life support. Now Matt must find a way to unify his shattered family in this critical time and that will be quite the difficult task, because Matt is the man that everyone is looking to, to guide them through their time of crisis and he’s uncertain as to how he can be a rock, when a revelation about his marriage has shattered him at his core…
This is a movie that quickly won me over, thanks in large part to its realistic presentation of loss and grief. Everyone deals with the news about Elizabeth in their own special way and the rawness and realism that such emotions are presented with makes this film painfully relatable, to the point where you’re instantly drawn in to see how the King family will cope with this crisis, and the beauty of the film is that it doesn’t offer up a right way or a wrong way to grieve, it just allows for the characters to find their own peaceful path to saying goodbye to Elizabeth and that direction makes for some genuinely beautiful moments in this story.
But what I truly appreciated about this film, is that it goes above and beyond in reminding us that life is complicated, and that sometimes our perception of our relationships and the people in our lives, are horrendously incorrect and all of that is explored by way of the revelation that Elizabeth was ready to leave Matt for another man and oddly enough, this twist is what allows for Matt to grow in this story. Because suddenly, he comes to realize that there is more to life than the material things he’s been chasing and it moves him to make some bold decisions when it comes to his family and it allows for him to do the impossible, and forgive his wife for her indiscretions.
If anything, Matt’s decision allows for this harrowing story to end in bittersweet fashion. Because while he and his family find peace, they still lose someone that mattered to them and I love that this film took the time to remind us that hanging on to anger and grudges gets us nowhere in life. In the end however, this is simply a magnificent film, one that is endearing and powerful, and one that is led by a stellar cast and if you haven’t seen this one, please do so. But bear in mind that when you settle in for this one, it’s loaded with some heavy material, and don’t be surprised if it stays with you long after it comes to an end since it has something to teach all of us about the wonder of this crazy thing we call life.
Written by Scott Edwards
I do remember plenty of things from my childhood, but one of the craziest memories I have is going to the planetarium and finding out more about our solar system. Being given information about the other planets to help keep the presentation moving along, there was something that I took to heart when the person running the show gave us a look at the Big Bang. While being amazed by what I was seeing, mind you this was many years ago before CGI was mainstream, I was also worried about what would happen if some kind of interstellar disaster came to our planet. While I am sure that there is some sort of plan for us once the Earth hits it’s expiration date, I don’t know how many people will be able to make the voyage to a different planet.
In the year 2065 the Earth suffered its fate and was destroyed by man with the use of nuclear weapons. Being able to get as many people off of the planet as they could, the race to find a new habitable world is in the works. Sending out scout ships to different ends of the galaxy to further examine the best candidates, seven years have passed, and Captain Jon has heard of a couple of the missions heading back home after striking out. But there is something is something different about the Pegasus and its crew that will change the fate of the human race forever.
While working on some much-needed ship repairs, Pete comes clean to his little friend Lila that the outlook of them finding a place that could house the human race is a one in a million shot. Not wanting to make things seem so bleak for the little girl, Pete offers to show her a movie that shows how beautiful the sea on Earth really was. Getting shot down at dinner to show the girl Jaws, Pete goes along with his repairs and reports to the captain that there is bad news on the horizon. With the ship barely running the way it currently is, they have met the point of no return as they are burning through fuel faster than expected. Not wanting to let down his crew, the captain comes clean with the crew about the situation and also that another scout ship has struck out on a place to live. With attitudes starting to dwindle, the crew is up for a surprise when they find another ship in their new search territory.
As Jon takes to the helm and finds out that the ship is from China, the group is ready to see what this ship is doing at their respective target. Excited for the chance to get more supplies the crew tries to board the vessel as quickly as possible, but Gerry is not happy with the plan. Finding a parentless child aboard the ship, the crew bring him back over against the advice of their scientist. As it seems that nobody is on the same page as the captain, it does not matter since they have just pulled up to what might be their new home, but the surprises do not stop for the crew as they find out that there is another planet on the same rotation, but with the ship in shambles, they have no choice but to take the first steps in seeing if their first target is the right one.
I don’t want to give everything about this movie away so I only mentioned a couple of characters when there are plenty of good ones here. I must admit that I loved the banter between the characters, especially Pete and his buddy Mike who are always looking for a way to annoy one another in a fun way. This movie really showcases people in their different stages of life aboard a never-ending journey to the stars. You really get to jump inside of some of the characters minds and see how crazy the idea seems to them and why they are willing to kill one another if that becomes an option. With a seven-year journey coming to an end, conflicting opinions, the promise of a new start and a ship that talks back to you, this is really a good movie overall if you are looking for something with a little disaster, along with a scene or two that include just a little bit of blood. Enjoy!
Written by Scott Edwards
Doing the right thing in your mind might not be recognized by everyone the same way. With so many different opinions about what is right and wrong, there will never a 100% correct consensus. All you can do is what you think is right and hope that most of the masses agree that your actions are correct. Those who will doubt you may just be looking to make a name for themselves, since sometimes it's popular to disagree with the masses.
After defeating the leader of the Mutants, Batman still sees that there is trouble in the streets of Gotham. With his new followers, The Sons of Batman helping to take down the villains in the city, his workload has been lifted a little bit, but not as much as he expected. And this is being noticed, even in Washington D.C. where the president is taking note of the Dark Knight's return. Calling in an old friend, the president wants Superman to have a chat with his old friend about what he is doing to the city and just calm it down for the time being, but Superman knows that Batman will never stand down and the only way to make him stop is to subdue him.
In Arkham, the Joker is coming back to life when he starts hearing about his favorite foe on television. Talking with his doctor, the Joker wants to get his story out to the public and since his doctor is a fan of Superman, not Batman, he will make it happen. Getting a spot on a nightly talk show, Joker is ready to wreak havoc over the city of Gotham once again and the Batman will not be able to stop him. Gassing the live audience, Joker is back to his old tricks and will take his killing spree to the amusement park where security is weak and not prepared for his antics. Killing everyone around him, the Joker is back at home and knows that Batman will have no other option than to kill him to get his point across.
With Commissioner Gordon retired, the new Commissioner, Yindel, has her sights on Batman and will do anything to stop his type of vigilante justice. Keeping the Dark Knight from crashing the talk show and now hunting him down in an amusement park, she has given the order to shoot to kill. Showing up seconds late and seeing that the Joker has been killed, the police now have a murderer on their hands and make sure that the public understands that Batman is out of control. Getting shot and stabbed, Bruce Wayne is forced to take a breather and with Alfred and Carrie helping him out, he should be fine. But when an EMP takes out all of the power across the country, Bruce knows that it is time to suit back up and ensure the stability of his city. Leading his followers into battle against evil gets the attention of the White House once again and now the order has been placed to stop Batman at any cost. Superman is reluctant to take down his old friend and tries to talk to Bruce before the battle begins, but Bruce Wayne is doing the right thing, no matter what anyone says and will not back down from the fight, since he knows he can win.
This is it, the battle between an aging Batman and Superman! I love how Superman does not want to fight but will do anything that the President tells him to do, so he will not leave well enough alone. With all of the riots across the country caused by the massive power outage, I do not understand the order to take out the man that is keeping his city in check, but hey, I guess that if Batman’s name is attached to anything, it must be bad in the government's mind. With his friends surrounding him and a special visit from Oliver Queen, Batman is ready to do what must be done to protect the people of Gotham from falling back to where they were living while he was away. At least someone is able to think for themselves and knows what must be done without being told what to do by someone that is not close to the situation. Batman is more than a man, he is a symbol that people are able to fall back on and no matter what the authorities do, they cannot kill a symbol. Happy Viewing.
Written by Shae Rufe
With Justice League out on home video, I found myself thinking about when I went to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave my first taste of Ben Affleck as the Batman. Admittedly I was scared this film would not hold up to the hype…and we were all apprehensive about the casting of everyone’s favorite Dark Knight. Yet, Affleck’s performance sold me on the character completely. Whenever a new actor is announced to play the Batman we all sort of wrinkle our noses and judge harshly until the film comes out. There’s always a divide between those of us who love it and those of us who hate it.
Now, many of us grew up in the era of comics, movies, and nerdy parents that wanted to share their favorite childhood things with us. My parents are not openly nerdy, but my dad has been a Batman fan since, well forever. He’s the reason I love the character so much. Growing up I got to hear how Batman wasn’t always this light-hearted character some cartoons portrayed him as. My dad always geeked out about a darker, more murder-y, Batman. And well, guess what? We got that in Affleck’s performance.
I’ve always liked the idea that Batman was darker. He’s pretty dark already, but to push it to that next level? I’m all for that. The concept that the comics were so dark they had to be toned down just makes it that much more alluring to me. Plus, well, he’s Batman, seeing him kick butt without holding back is kind of far more fun than anything.
For me, the actor cast to play Batman isn’t just playing the Detective. They’re also playing the billionaire. There is a distinct difference between the two that have to seamlessly blend together. I have to hand it to Ben Affleck for his portrayal of both the Bat and the man. This movie also brought to light the darker sides of Bruce Wayne as well. We saw him struggle with things he’s never had to before on the big screen. Nightmares, trippy dreams, and so much more. Touching on the death of Jason Todd was a very nice touch…and we need more of that. I need more Bat-family in the DC Cinematic Universe.
All and all, while the DCU has many fans upset, Ben Affleck’s Batman makes some of these films truly worth the watch, in my opinion. Affleck gives a performance that definitely redeemed him as a superhero in my eyes, and I have to say, I think he might just be my favorite Batman. Well, okay, second favorite. Sorry, but Kevin Conroy will always be my Batman.
Written by Shae Rufe
There's always a ton of talk and controversy about this movie. A lot of fans see this as the best Disney film ever, while others disagree. Regardless the film is laden with many topical issues not so prominent in other Disney films. There have been many theories about the film that has captivated millions, and today I'm here to explore some of those themes.
My first take away from this film was, wow what horrible parents. Sure, your daughter hurt the other with her ice powers, but it was an accident. There was no reason to separate them. In fact, the act of keeping Elsa away from Anna only manages to give the poor girl anxiety and self-loathing. Elsa spent the next years of her life in fear of what she could do to someone else. On top of that anxiety you also have depression. Elsa seems more than afraid to be around anyone, how could she not be depressed. Following the death of her parents, we see the result of her grief. Yet, when Elsa allows herself to be free and not be worried or depressed amazing things happen. Like giant ice castles and living snow men.
But what about Anna? The film touches on her need to be with her sister, and how forgiving Anna seems to be. The younger of the two is very upbeat and personable about the whole thing, right? If you spend years knocking on your sister's door being ignored, wouldn't you have some residual anger? All Anna wants is to be close to Elsa, but there has to be something more. We see Anna's starved for attention more through her engagement to Hans. Here is someone she barely knows offering her affection and love like she'd never known. On top of that he's a kindred spirit in how Hans felt neglected by his siblings too. Of course, this made her easily preyed upon.
Now, I've spoken with two other people about this. A friend of mine sent me a link that explained ‘Let It Go’ as a suicide note. While my dad, who so famously ruins the things I love, thinks Frozen as a whole is an allegory for homosexuality. Both have decent points in respect to these ideas. The song so popular does indeed have a freeing and finality to it. While the whole story, well, kind of explains a lot. Elsa is shunned for being different. Her parents try their best to make her like everyone else, all while keeping her away from her impressionable sister. At the end of ‘Let It Go’, the stuffy conservative Elsa has transformed herself into a far more freed look. Her dress goes from stuffy to sexy in a matter of seconds. We're lead to believe that the song has Elsa accepting herself and ridding her life of the anxieties and depressive hold it once held.
The movie definitely shows Elsa being anxious a lot, and it shows her dealing with that unhealthy anxiety. But is it really saying Elsa might just be more different than we think? Does Anna's lack of affection growing up make her an emotionally easy target? It's all up to interpretation but a few years after the film's release, it's fascinating to know that it piqued our imagination and curiosity in ways we never expected.
Written by Scott Edwards
It is hard to give up on what you are good at, even if the world tells you it is time. I cannot imagine what will happen when I am no longer needed to do what I do, but I know that the day is coming and coming soon. Talent is something that cannot be taught, it is something that is bred into you and when the time comes, there is nothing to replace the thrill of doing it, no matter what anybody says.
It has been ten years since Batman has been seen on the streets of Gotham and things could not be worse. With the Mutants taking over the streets, the city is in peril and needs someone to take them back once and for all. With Commissioner Gordon about to retire, the Mayor believes that the city will fall back into line with him out of the way, but the Mutants are not willing to wait to find out. As Harvey Dent is released from Arkham with both sides of his face looking the same, he is looking to take over the city once again and with nobody to stop him, he will be able to cash in with his knowledge and power that someone tried to take away from him.
Bruce Wayne may not be happy with his retirement, but he is happy to be out of the game, but when he starts seeing what is happening around the city, he knows that he is the only one who will be able to make a difference. Putting on the suit once again, Batman becomes mainstream news and there is nobody that can stop him. In one night, the Batman is able to take out several plots that would have changed the Gothamite outlook on life with minimal effort. Although he is older and slower, Batman is able to show that one man can make a difference and will not stop until the leader of the Mutants has been captured and dealt with. Gordon knows that Batman is the only answer to what has been happening around the city and will not put any of his men on the case to stop him. With his retirement looming, Gordon still holds the key to the city and knows that Batman is the answer to bringing the Mutants down once and for all.
Carrie Kelly was a witness to Batman’s return to the city and now she wants to help with the effort against the evil that has taken over the city. Suiting up in a Robin costume, she is ready to show what she can do and with Batman getting older, she knows that she can make a difference. Watching as Batman takes on the leader of the Mutants, she sees that he might not be strong enough to take down the younger, stronger man. Being able to return Batman to his cave to heal up, Carrie is given the task of infiltrating the Mutants and getting them to centralize. As the leader of the Mutants has been put into prison, he is given an early release by Batman for one final showdown that will change the outlook of all of his followers. Does Batman have enough left in the tank to defeat the stronger man or will this show make the Mutants more powerful than they have ever been before?
This is the first of a two-part series and I am more than happy with how it played out. I have never hid my love for Batman and his stories and this one does not disappoint. Being retired from the streets, Bruce Wayne is still looking for thrills, but since he is no longer battling evil, he has to find other methods to keep the blood pumping. Watching as he starts to see his past come alive once again, it is great to see how he takes the news to heart when the Mutants move into Gotham. Even at an older age, Wayne knows that he is able to make a difference in Gotham and one-night shows what he is capable of. Even though he has lost a step, he is still able to defeat the sinister villains on the streets and make them think twice about what they are doing. Even when the news starts to criticize him about what he is doing, it will not deter Batman from doing what he knows is right.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
While our society has progressed in a great many ways over the past twenty years or so, where so much about our lives, choices and identities are now being readily accepted by the masses, it still seems as though that Divorce is about as taboo a subject as it gets. Because sadly, the end of a marriage for whatever reason, more or less symbolizes failure and no one wants to talk about that. But we should, because Divorce is a common thing in our world and there is a lot of strife that goes with it for everyone involved and while it remains taboo, there was a film that dug into all the harrowing details that surround such a choice in 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer.
Ted Kramer is a man who seemingly has it all. He’s got a great job with an advertising firm that adores his work. He has a wonderful son and a nice apartment in New York, and really, there’s just one problem with his magnificent life; his wife, Joanna, is ready to leave him. She simply cannot take the rigors of married life anymore and needs to figure her life out and leaves one evening, putting Ted in quite the quandary. Because now he must figure out how to help his son cope with his mother’s abscense, and he has to juggle raising his boy and working at a job that demands a lot of out of him and most importantly, he has to figure out how to heal the pain in his own heart as well.
This is another one of those motion pictures that clearly comes from a different era simply because, it’s all about the characters here. What I liked a lot about this film is the sheer fact that it focuses heavily on the mundane parts of our day to day lives, and how hard all of that becomes when our routine is rattled and in this case, Ted’s world is turned upside down with Joanna walking out on him and it’s just fascinating and heartbreaking to watch him do his damndest to be a good father and make mistakes that you know he simply isn’t forgiving himself for, even though he’s learning how to be a single dad on the fly.
But what truly makes this story shine, is the acting present in this film, because such delicate subject matter requires incredible talent to sell every single tough moment and Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep shine in their respective roles of Ted and Joanna through and through. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of another role in Hoffman’s illustrious career where he truly transforms himself into an everyday joe in this fashion and Streep, well as always, she is lights out when she is on the screen and while her role is limited, her acting chops allow for Joanna to go on a complete and realistic journey in this tale.
In the end, I think what I truly appreciated about this film is that it doesn’t pretend to be anything bigger than what it is, nor does it have a message to cram down our throats. It’s simply a slice of American life, and it features the ups and downs that we are sometimes forced to experience and for anyone who is a child of a divorce or has gone through one, there are some moments here that resonate with you, and give you pause. Either way, this is a damn good motion picture, one that captivates you from beginning to end and it is, in my humble opinion, a must see.
Written by Scott Edwards
With the fear of global warming hovering over all of us these days, it would be great if alternate energy sources could be devised that might cut down on our pollution. But there might not be as much money involved in getting this done, since the fossil fuels industry makes a ton of cash and will do anything to keep us dependent on their product. With new groups coming out of the woodwork over the years, new facts keep coming to the table about what will be best for us and our children, but it does not seem like anyone wants to believe that we might be setting up trouble for our future generations. It is never a bad thing to keep yourself informed with what is happening around the world and the future of our planet, since we would all like to see our children live long and healthy lives as well.
On their way to hang an anti-oil banner on an oil silo, activists Carla, Jason, Barbie and Scott are in for a life changing event. When climbing the ladder to the top, Scott spots what appears to be a bomb on the silo that is set to blow. Making their way to safety while the silo goes up in a cylinder of flames, they see that a super fire tornado has been formed by the explosion, but that is not their only problem when they see another group is following them and taking shots at will. Running into someone that works at the factory, Anthony, the group is able to escape the oil fields and watch as the twister makes its way towards the city.
Telling his new friends that the silo was not filled with normal oil, but a new alternate fuel that burns ten times longer, Anthony is trying to figure out a way to put the fire out. Trying to keep an eye on the storm that torches anything that it comes across, Scott and his group find it hitting a small community where it just seems to gain strength. Being able to help out a young mother and her daughter before moving on, the group has no idea how to keep this twenty-story cylinder of death from making its way to Los Angeles, but they are starting to figure out what it is looking for as all of the heat sources around the area seem to be driving it towards different things.
While giving a press conference on the situation, the CEO of Synco is able to help break a new story that Scott and his band of activists were behind the bombing that has led to the deaths of many Californians. Finding out that they are not only being hunted by the killers who blew the silo, but now the cops, Scott and his team need to move faster to try to save as many people as they can. But that might be easier said than done when they are face to face with V, the hit woman who has been working for Synco all along. With a new obstacle in their way, Scott and his group find out the dirty secret behind the bombing and what the CEO is really trying to do.
Fun little movie that shows that most people really never change, if they are a hero, they stay that way, if they are driven by money, well, greed is good. With some fun special effects, most of them were under funded and while that could leave some people shaking their heads, it is about the story of corruption overall, so you really did not have to focus on the fire twister as much. I liked the group dynamic and the actors were pretty great, even though a little silly when running in front of the twister, I mean, you just need to get out of the way of it, don’t run straight ahead. With a fire twister, shot up cell phones, a corrupt businessman, a city in trouble and a former hero that returns to his roots, this is not only about the destruction of a major city, but a man and his friends returning to greatness. Enjoy.
Written by Shae Rufe
Zootopia is a wonderful addition to the illustrious legacy from Disney. It's got a great set of characters with varying depths, an A list voice cast, and tons of references. Yet, the film also holds some very grown up themes. The overall movie has a wonderful kid’s feel with a light-hearted plot, but it contains an important message; don't judge others for being different. Taking a closer look, however, this movie has a pretty realistic glimpse into racism within society. Disney has tackled some pretty hard topics before, but this one might literally take the cake.
Within the last few years, we as a society have become very divided on some controversial issues. We've taken sides on so many issues out there that I could do an entire blog on that alone, but regardless of where you stand on a particular issue, not everything is black and white. Zootopia blatantly takes these very topics and themes and turns them into a story for not just kids, but us adults too. With the cast of animals in this movie, the world seems split into two, predators and prey. Well, it's a little more complicated than that. Elephants, buffalo, and giraffes don't fall into either category really, but that isn't exactly the point.
Our protagonist, Judy, is a rabbit who wants to be a cop in the big city, Zootopia. Nick, a fox, isn't a criminal, per se, he just sort of rides the line. The two are forced to work together to solve a case. They do so much more than that, however. Predators have gone missing in Zootopia, and it seems they've all had one thing in common; each has gone wild and attacked other animals or attempted to. Judy eventually makes a link that it could be in their DNA and they could just be going savage. Given her own personal background with a run in with a childhood bully, another fox, she might be having a bit of bias. Judy doesn't think she is, though. After all, bunnies don't go savage.
There isn't a blatant segregation between the species. The Mayor is a lion after all, and the assistant mayor is a sheep. That doesn't really mean anything though, does it? After a press conference where Judy states what she thinks are facts of the case, though, people are quick to be incredibly wary of predators. Plus, early on, the movie features a scene where Nick is being discriminated against for being a fox. Legitimately, the first time Judy meets him, he's in an elephant ice cream parlor trying to buy a giant Popsicle and he's being refused service for being a fox. If that isn't a blatant show of discrimination and racism I'm not sure what is.
The film as a whole has a lot of wonderful messages. And I won't give the ending away. It's definitely worth a watch and has a fantastic message. The differences in people are what make us special, and that should be celebrated, not shunned. A pretty great message, if you ask me.