The movie takes place in a world where animals can talk, walk on two feet, and do everything humans can do. The world has progressed where predators and prey go hand in hand in their society. Judy Hopps, a bunny, becomes a cop and one of very few prey animals to be in the force. Her first job, to test her commitment of being in the force, is to crack an impossible case of 14 missing predator animals within a time limit. She gets help from a fox con-artist, Nick Wilde, who is over looked as a predator.
The movie opens with Young Judy starring in a play that teaches children about the life of predator and prey animals: the predators catch and eat the prey. The movie flash forwards to a progressive time, where that rule does not exist, with Judy graduating from the police academy then moving to the city of Zootopia, which is a giant, urban city.
When Judy meets her new coworkers on the force, we can tell that they do not respect her as officer like them. Judy struggles to show what she is capable of on the force, so her boss throws her one of the hardest cases to crack in so little time: the case of 14 missing predator animals. Eager to start working on the case, she meets Nick Wilde, a fox con-artist, who is committing a crime. As she is about to arrest him, he makes a deal to help her crack the case in exchange for letting him off the hook. So, the two of them head out to solve the case and each learn more about predators and prey, respectively.
This movie is fun for the audience, because they get to go on the hunt with Judy and Nick. Each clue they receive, any piece of backstory they hear about also goes to the viewers. Who is behind the case? Why did they do this? As we keep watching, we get closer to the case. (SPOILER ALERT) We hear about predators who turn savage; meaning, they lose their mind and hunt their pray, like back in the days. Nick shares his experience when he joined the boy scouts with prey animals; he was bullied for thinking a predator would get accepted into an all prey club.
The ending of the movie teaches its audience an incredible lesson. Do not judge people for who they appear to be on the outside. What matters is who they are on the inside. Also, and importantly, be progressive, not conservative. With many references, from other works like The Godfather & Breaking Bad, and metaphors, like sloths working at the DMV, mixed into a movie that gives a moral lesson, it serves as a great meal for the audience’s mind. Another great Disney movie is added to the list of the greatest of all time.
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Starring: The Voices of Gennifer Goodwin & Jason Bateman
Director: Bryan Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush (co-director)
Audience: Children & Family
Runtime: 108 minutes
Official Website: www.Movies.Disney.com/Zootopia
Official Social Media Pages:
IMDB Page: @Zootopia
Wiki Link: @Zootopia
Alan Santellanes | Writing Contributor
B.A | TV, Film & Media Studies | Cal State Univ – LA
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