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‘Zootopia’ entertains while giving life lessons along the way

Nicholas Weninger

March 2, 2016

Zootopia, a Disney movie written and directed by the people who have brought us Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, and Bolt, delivers what very well might be their best movie yet. Judy Hopps, a female bunny who has always dreamed of being a police officer in the big city of Zootopia, finally gets her chance. After Judy becomes the first bunny ever to complete police academy training, she is then off to pursue her dreams and make a difference in the world. However after arriving at the big city, she realizes that her dream will be a lot harder than previously imagined.

Zootopia movie poster.

“Zootopia,” the latest Disney animation movie, is directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush.

While this movie is marketed as a kid’s movie, it is so much more than that. Zootopia floored me in just how good this movie really was. Not only will kids love it, but it can truly be admired by adults as well. It has good clean humor throughout the film that ranges from jokes the kids will laugh at to parodies of The Godfather and Breaking Bad.

Alongside the humor, there are very obvious morals to be learned throughout the film. Judy is a bunny and typically bunnies aren’t police officers, let alone a female bunny. However, it is her dream to help the helpless and to truly make a difference, so she doesn’t let societies gender or social norms get in the way of her dreams. Going against what her parents want, she pursues her dream and is off on her own. Following our dreams and going off on our own is something that many of us college students might be able to relate to.

When Judy gets to the big city of Zootopia, she is met with all of these prejudices with everyone telling her she can’t and won’t be able to make it as a cop. Alongside the prejudice that a lot of the animals hold, they are also segregated into groups of predator and prey. These two groups have learned to live peacefully alongside one another but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t stereotypes that follow. Everyone assumes that if you are a bunny you will are dumb or weak, if you are a fox then you are also sly, and if you are a sloth then you are slow. These are great lessons to teach throughout this movie; that we shouldn’t have preconceived notions as to who someone is and what they will be like.

Overall, this is right up there with the quality and the life lessons of Pixar’s Inside Out. It is fun for the whole family, perfect for a date, and great for anyone who admires a well-made movie. I would highly recommend seeing this movie and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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