Zootopia (Byron Howard 2016)

Zootopia is Disney’s most recent film and instead of Disney princesses learning the value of finding a husband we get animals learning to accept one another. It’s great to see how far Disney has progressed. From sexist stories about only being happy if you fall in love to love yourself and never give up on your dreams. It’s nice to know that their company is finally teaching the children of today something good.

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Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.

When a small rabbit Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is told that she would never achieve her dream of being a police officer because she is a rabbit, she proves everyone wrong and gets into the force… as a parking monitor. But when the predators start to go back to their primitive state she must team up with her key witness Nicholas P. “Nick” Wilde, a red fox who is a small-time con artist voiced by Jason Bateman.

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With a film based entirely on the lives of anthropomorphic animals, the film both embraces and goes against the stereotypical traits of these animals to both create a laugh and teach us a valuable message. No matter whom you are or your back ground you can prove people wrong. The Cheetah is a fat police officer who sits around and eats donuts. We get none of the Cheetah and all of the stereotypical American police officer.

Judy Hopps: [Approaches reception desk where Clawhauser is munching on cereal] Excuse me… Down here… Hi.

Clawhauser: O. M. Goodness, they really did hire a bunny. Ho-whop! I gotta tell you, you’re even cuter than I thought you’d be.

Judy Hopps: Ooh, ah, you probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny ‘cute’, but when other animals do it, that’s a little…

Clawhauser: [Mortified] Hoo, I’m so sorry! Me, Benjamin Clawhauser, the guy everyone thinks is just a flabby donut-loving cop stereotyping you.

The sloths are all incredibly slow and for some reason all work at the DMV. You can just feel the frustration. Flash (Raymond S. Persi), the sloth that they go to for help talks slower than a toddler attempting to read a copy of ‘Wuthering Heights’. The sloths type slow, press buttons slow, stamp slow and even laugh slow but they sure do not drive slowly. They participate in drag races.

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Nick Wilde: Flash, Flash, Hundred-Yard Dash!

I could list more great examples of this but the most important characters are Judy Hopps who is too small and cute to be an intimidating member on the force. All the other officers are huge bears, elephants and Rhinos. So when she gets to be the top of her class, you can’t help but feel a little better about yourself. Nick Wilde also faces prejudice, a fox is sly and cunning so it doesn’t help that he is a con artists. He was taught at a young age that foxes aren’t to be trusted thanks to some terrible bullies so he did what you should never do and stick with what others tell you. You never know what people have gone through in the past and you certainly should never bully anyone.

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Chief Bogo: [from trailer] It’s not about how badly you WANT something. It’s about what you are capable of!

The message of these prejudices become worse as a villain is turning the predators back to their natural state to scare the prey into kicking them out of the city. I feel that this is something Donald Trump would do. Predators are judged as the prey as they hold their children as they walk past and move seats on the bus. Can you think or to whom that happens to now? This film really does teach us not to judge a book by its cover. So despite the action, comedy and cameo from Shakira (for some reason) we get to learn about one of the most important issues of society, racism.

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Nick Wilde: [about Bellwether- a sheep] Do you think when she goes to sleep, she counts herself?

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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