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March 4, 2016

Zootopia Review

Zootopia
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. For more information, check out the website at http://movies.disney.com/zootopia.

Disney's Zootopia started innocently enough - with a lot of humor surrounding a little female rabbit, Judy Hopps, who had big dreams of becoming a cop in the city of Zootopia.

But before long it was evident that Zootopia was more than just a fun movie about predators and prey who live harmoniously in a city.  Almost immediately we get introduced to issues of equality and bias - bunnies can't be cops; all foxes are cruel and bunnies need to protect themselves from the mean foxes.

Fast forward 15 years later, Judy finds herself becoming the first rabbit officer.  Upon reporting for duty on her first day, she meets Officer Clawhauser, who works at the reception desk.  He calls Judy "cute," and Judy tells him how only other rabbits can call rabbits "cute."

That is just one example of the many ways Disney delves into social issues that we, as humans, deal with on a daily basis - diversity, gender equality, acceptance, racism, perception, to name a few.

As Judy works on solving her first case, more of these issues are tackled, and I was honestly quite surprised by how complex the movie was in terms of the way it dealt with so many social concerns.   

Although younger kids may not understand the deeper issues addressed in the movie, the film was still enjoyable for all ages, as there were many cute and humorous moments.  Officer Clawhauser was hilarious, and I had no idea sloths could be so funny!  As with most other Disney movies, there are many funny references only adults will understand, and I thought the movie did a great in balancing the humor with such serious subjects.

Zootopia was also intriguing as a mystery, and I was impressed with all the twists and turns throughout the movie.

Zootopia is a film that will spark conversations amongst the members of your family, stressing to movie-goers that no matter your age, race, gender, size, or ability - you can make a difference.

Change starts with you.


Thank you to the sponsor for providing the screening tickets.

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