The value and agenda of the various stakeholders in “Fierce Creatures”

1. Introduction:

“Fierce Creatures” is a 1997 comedy film by John Cleese, set in a zoo. The screenplay was co-written by Cleese and his fellow Python member, Karey Kirkpatrick. The film starred an ensemble cast including Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and Vicki Pepperdine.

The plot revolves around the new CEO of Octopus Inc., Rollo Lee (played by Kevin Kline), who is sent to England to take over the management of a failing zoo. Rollo attempts to bring in more visitors by making the zoo more “family-friendly”, and clashing with the animal keeper, Willa Weston (played by Jamie Lee Curtis).

The value and agenda of the various stakeholders will be explored in this paper, with a focus on how they conflict or align with each other. The stakeholders in this case are the CEO of Octopus Inc., Rollo Lee; the new Head of Marketing at the zoo, Harmony Shapley; and the animal keeper, Willa Weston. Each stakeholder has different values and agendas, which will be discussed in detail below.

2. The comedy film “Fierce Creatures” by John Cleese:

“Fierce Creatures” is a comedy film which satirises corporate America and its obsession with profit margins and market share. The main character, Rollo Lee, is a caricature of an American businessman who knows nothing about running a zoo but is determined to make it profitable. He immediately sacks half the staff and sets about changing the focus of the zoo from education to entertainment. He also hires a new Head of Marketing, Harmony Shapley, who shares his vision for the zoo.

Willa Weston is the animal keeper at the zoo and she strongly opposes Rollo’s plans. She believes that the animals should be kept for educational purposes and not to entertain visitors. She also clashes with Harmony over her marketing ideas, which she believes are exploitative and insensitive.

The conflict between Rollo and Willa comes to a head when they are both captured by an escaped gorilla and held hostage in her enclosure. During their captivity, they come to understand and respect each other’s point of view. In the end, they manage to escape and reconcile their differences.

3. The value and agenda of the various stakeholders:

Rollo Lee:

Rollo is the CEO of Octopus Inc., the company that owns the zoo. He is an ambitious man who is determined to make the zoo profitable. He doesn’t care about the animals or the staff; all he cares about is increasing visitor numbers so that he can get a bonus from his company. His main priority is making money, even if it means exploiting the animals or putting their welfare at risk.

Harmony Shapley:
Harmony is Rollo’s Head of Marketing at the zoo. She shares his vision for making the zoo more entertaining and family-friendly. She doesn’t care about the animals either; all she cares about is coming up with marketing campaigns that will increase visitor numbers. Her main priority is making money, even if it means exploiting the animals or putting their welfare at risk.

Willa Weston:
Willa is the animal keeper at the zoo. She cares deeply about the animals and their welfare. She is opposed to Rollo’s plans to make the zoo more commercialised and she clashes with him over his exploitative marketing campaigns. Her main priority is the welfare of the animals, even if it means that the zoo is not as profitable as it could be.

4. Conclusion:

The comedy film “Fierce Creatures” by John Cleese satirises corporate America and its obsession with profit margins and market share. The main character, Rollo Lee, is a caricature of an American businessman who knows nothing about running a zoo but is determined to make it profitable. He immediately sacks half the staff and sets about changing the focus of the zoo from education to entertainment. He also hires a new Head of Marketing, Harmony Shapley, who shares his vision for the zoo.

Willa Weston is the animal keeper at the zoo and she strongly opposes Rollo’s plans. She believes that the animals should be kept for educational purposes and not to entertain visitors. She also clashes with Harmony over her marketing ideas, which she believes are exploitative and insensitive.

The conflict between Rollo and Willa comes to a head when they are both captured by an escaped gorilla and held hostage in her enclosure. During their captivity, they come to understand and respect each other’s point of view. In the end, they manage to escape and reconcile their differences.

FAQ

The plot of "Fierce Creatures" is about a zoo that is struggling to stay open and the new owner's attempts to make it more profitable.

Some of the main characters in "Fierce Creatures" are John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

John Cleese wrote "Fierce Creatures" because he wanted to satirize the business world and its obsession with making money.