Our first exposure to the discrimination in this movie is Barb (Kristen Schaal). She is constantly being called “monkey” when she prefers to be identified as “ape”. It appears physically painful for her when she squints her eyes at being referred to in this derogatory term.
Flint (Bill Hader) discriminates against his father when gathering his companions to return to “the island”. Flint thinks Tim Lockwood (James Caan) is “too old” to try to clean-up the island. However, the team needs Tim to simply sail them to the island.
While the term discrimination is a loaded term today, in reality, it simply means to distinguish difference between things. Therefore, our group of heroes discriminate the different “food-imals”. They notice the differences between these new creatures and currently existing animals.
Barb and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) have a confrontation discussing what qualifies as a scientist. While Sam makes valid points, Chester V (Will Forte) discriminates against Sam and her career.
All of these examples of different types of administration emphasize the idea of the human species moving past these biases. If we can all try to see things for what they are and not what we want them to be, the world would be a better and happier place.
On a sider note, Chester V acts like a snake at times during the movie and Sam and Flint could be seen as Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden. Maybe this is an allegory for sin. Chester is identified as “evil”…
Unfortunately there is little on the internet about this movie. Tropes and idioms always provide some insight into the films I consider.
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