ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

ZooLogic is an unexpectedly hilarious, widely acclaimed 4-minute animated short film directed by Nicole Mitchell. The animated short was both the Development Award Winner and the Grand Jury Award Winner at the 2007 Nickelodeon Animation Festival; ZooLogic then went on to win the 2008 Student Academy Award Gold Medal in Animation.  The vintage-looking, hand-drawn film tells the story of a pompous, over-controlling zookeeper who forces his animals to look and behave as he thinks the public would expect.  This is much to the dismay of a lonely gorilla whose prized stuffed red toy is grabbed and thrown away, and to the annoyance of the lemur whose tail is painfully combed begrudgingly into a heavy display.

The zookeeper’s absolute rule begins to falter, however, when he encounters a fat little penguin, who refuses to be whipped into shape by him.  The mischievously comedic little penguin quickly gives the zookeeper his comeuppance, then teams up with the gorilla to lead the zoo’s other animals through a successful revolution comprised of a hilarious ensuing chain of events.  As an important analogy for children and young people, the animals come together against the zookeeper like children rallying to overcome a bully, but in a humorously light manner that young audiences can digest.

ZooLogic: A Penguin and Gorilla’s Comedic Revolt Against a Pompous Zookeeper Bully

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