Disney has been gradually improving when it comes to teaching morals through their films, and just when you think they’ve reached their peak, they release something like ‘Zootopia.” “Zootopia” may be fun in the ads, but until you get to see the movie for yourself, you can’t imagine exactly how surprisingly suspenseful and emotional (but not AS emotional as “Inside Out”). At some points, I felt as if the story took a few dark turns, but the timing was appropriate, and it didn’t cause discomfort. The storytelling was superb, and as the plot progressed, we were fed little ‘crumbs’ of morals until the ‘cake’ was finally served at the end. And by ‘cake,’ I mean the big messages Disney had to share with its audience; messages that happen to be extremely relevant to what we’re all going through today. Now that I’ve told you guys a little bit of what you should expect let’s pounce on the most valuable lessons portrayed through “Zootopia.” Today’s Movie Update is sponsored by Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime. All opinions are my own
Here’s 3 Lessons We Learned From “Zootopia”
You Can Be Anything: Early into the film, we’re introduced to Judy Hopps’ character and her determination to be something greater than a farmer, which is apparently the well-known stereotype for all of the rabbits in the ‘Zootopia’ world. Before I could even get comfortable, Judy was already being doubted by a large mass of people and was being disrespected despite all she had accomplished. Without going too far into detail, individual characters finally become what they had aspired to be, and it made me feel like I can be anything I want to be no matter how many people tell me otherwise. It’s crucial for us all to know this, and it really spoke to me, being an 18-year-old that has been granted the opportunity to write for all of you. We have all been in Judy’s shoes (FYI, she doesn’t wear any).
We Can All Coexist With One Another: “Zootopia” takes place long after the hunt between savages and prey ends. The animals have learned to live with one another despite the differences they had before. Right now, racism and gender inequality are alive and well. We’ve seen it in politics, pop culture, and in the fact that women still aren’t being paid/respected equally as compared to men. That’s the position we see the carnivores in while watching “Zootopia,” until all of the stereotypes are disproven. From the first frame to the last, I was reminded of how we can coexist not only as a country but as human beings. “Zootopia” teaches us that we can all live peacefully together, no matter our race, gender, herbivore or carnivore.
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover: Our two main characters, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, are both portrayed in ways that are deceiving. Nick’s character likes to play innocent, when in reality, he’s “hustling” as he says, and Judy may be small, but regardless of her size, she manages to take down the largest of beasts who cross her. You can’t trust the identity or appearance of any of the animals in ‘Zootopia,’ and everyone is predominantly greater than what their image suggests. All of us have been fooled by someone we trusted, or have expected less out of someone who’s capable of righteous deeds and that’s why this lesson is imperative.
“Zootopia” is fun and colorful, but possesses great lessons behind all the glamor. Disney’s latest hit also offers a monkey barrel full of laughs, along with a fun night out with your family and friends. Count on “Zootopia” being the Best Animated Film of the Year. You must see “Zootopia,” easily one of the greatest animated movies I’ve ever seen.
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