By: Kendra Thornton
Last year I took my little cousins to see Zootopia, and I have watched it two more times since then. “Zootpia” is a mammal metropolis where predators and prey live together in harmony. It is depicted as a place where no matter what animal you are, you can be anything. But Officer Judy Hops quickly learns that she must prove herself as Zootopia’s first bunny cop, and takes on the challenge.
The animals in this movie are insanely adorable, hug-able, and, insanely hilarious. With its prey/predator divide, the film, at first, seems to be confronting bullying, but this quickly expands from a “believe in yourself” message to address how prejudice and preconceptions can cause us to misjudge people. These are cleverly addressed by using typical animal characteristics like, all foxes are untrustworthy, and that bunnies are cute and fluffy, but can’t be tough. One of the absolute best scenes is with the sloths at the DMV. Even without the context of movie this scene would still kill me. But the reason I bring it up, besides the fact that it’s the best scene of the movie, is that it also highlights this idea of stereotypes.
There is also this classic officer and criminal forced to work together, which challenges these preconceptions as the two learn more about each other. What is really great about this movie is that it shows how even people who think they are open minded can be blind to their own preconceptions. This film delivers this message in such a subtle and great way, while also being one of Disney’s funniest films. Its on Netflix!!!