I recently watched Zootopia for the first time. I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. When my friend suggested it I was hesitant, but I soon found out that this movie was made for kids just as much as it was made for adults.
Zootopia has many underlying messages through the presence of animals of all different species. They use these species to call attention to prejudice and profiling. For example, there are assumptions put on both of the main characters, one being a bunny, and on being a fox. The fox, Nick Wilde, is assumed to be a vicious predator, so it is hard for the bunny to view him as a gentle friend. The bunny, Officer Judy Hopps, is only seen as cute, and therefore the fox has a hard time believing that she could be a successful police officer.
Some of the obvious allusions include when Officer Judy Hopps clarifies for someone that “a bunny can call another bunny ‘cute,’” but that it’s really not OK for other animals to do it. I thought this was an interesting connection to the “n” word debate in modern society.
I think movies like Zootopia are very important for young children so they can be exposed to these themes that are constantly being debated and explored in modern society. Here is an article I found discussing the exploration of racial biases in Disney’s Zootopia.