Allison and I were able to preview Zootopia last week and we loved it! It was laugh-out-loud funny! There’s something for everyone—adults and kids alike. There’s no shortage of heroism, bravery, good guys, bad guys, and plenty of adventure! The movie has undertones of important social issues, such as gender equality, race relations, and justice. Not only are the themes socially responsible, it’s animation is amazingly beautiful to boot!
The movie’s main character is our hero, Officer Judy Hopps, a petite bunny, whose sense of justice, commitment to serving her community, and eternal optimism makes her a relatable and likable character. In spite of being a polar opposite, Nick Wilde, a sly, sarcastic, pessimist fox, teams up with Officer Hopps against his will to help solve the mystery of animals going missing in Zootopia. The pair have to find common ground and overcome some deeply entrenched prejudices and beliefs they have about each other, and find they make quite an effective team!
Zootopia is a movie about overcoming stereotypes and understanding that often things aren’t what they appear to be. Zootopia is an interesting big city, where social, gender, and race issues abound. The city is comprised of natural predators and prey animals that co-exist together, but not without tensions. For example, when animals go missing, prey animals become suspicious of predators.
When Officer Hopps finishes the academy and receives her first assignment, as a meter maid, she feels as though being a bunny and a female bunny at that, she is unfairly judged. But, Officer Hopps finds a way to take on the case of the missing animals, as a means to prove her worth as an officer, to her boss, her department, to Nick Wilde, and to herself. The spunk of Officer Hopps, however, prevents her from letting anything get her down! She’s truly lovable!
The movie has great music, with Giselle, the pop star, played by Shikira. There’s dancing. There’s jokes that are appropriate for the whole family and will make everyone laugh. The humor in the movie is quite endearing! The underlying theme that you can be anything you want to be, no matter where you come from or what others believe about you is weaved throughout the storyline. You begin to cheer for Officer Hopps and you learn to love Nick Wilde, once you find his softer side. The character development leaves you loving the city of Zootopia and its residents.
As Nick and Judy set out to solve the mystery, you’ll find yourself rooting for the underdogs! Where have the missing animals disappeared to? Will Officer Hopps find the way? As the mystery progresses, Nick and Judy use their unique instincts and talents to find clues about the missing animals. They’re able to prove they can transcend stereotypes, about predators and prey. They turn out to be a great pair!
It’s a great movie that will appeal to the whole family! Zootopia opens in theaters March 3rd!
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