(WARNING: Spoilers to the film will be in this post)
I’m a BIG fan of Disney films. You could tell me all the problematic things about Disney and their capitalist plans etc but honestly, when I walk into the Disney store and see the life size Stitch stuffed toys and the new Star Wars lightsabers and the mugs – oh my god the ADORABLE mugs – I just want absolutely everything.
I didn’t catch the earlier Disney film out this year, which was The Good Dinosaur, but I made it my goal to see Zootopia (or named Zootropolis over here), as it looked so bright and bubbly. You can sense the aura of adorableness and good humour just from all the promotion and merchandise. The lead character of animated film Zootopia is a wee bunny named Judy Hopps. The film introduces Judy when she is just a young bunny and she performs with confidence in her school project discussing how prey and predators now live in peace and animals can be whatever they want. Judy announces her dreams to become a police officer and even though her parents and a bully try and put down her ideas, she doesn’t give up. You are shown a great training montage as Judy goes through Police Academy with a group of huge predators. Judy manages to use her strength to come top of her class, and honestly during this whole beginning part I was cheering her on. I fell in love with her character and the message the film was setting up. I could sense the underlying ‘adult’ message the film was trying to send off, which is that it targets bigotry in our society. Throughout the masterpiece, certain attitudes call towards the typical behaviours of sexism and racism we see in everyday life. There was tons of scenarios for characters I’m sure everybody will experience growing up and I’m glad certain scenarios can teach kids that they do not make you any weaker or different than everybody else; whether you’re female or male, white or POC.
An example, and beware spoilers, that I found interesting was Nick Wilde’s backstory. He advises Judy never let anybody see her struggle, after a small stand off with Judy and her Police superiors(who, unfortunately because of her being a small bunny, do not see her aspirations to help out on the force as seriously) which leaves Judy a bit shaken. Nick then opens up and tells her how as a kid he wanted to be part of a rangers group. A bit reminiscent of say Brownies or Scouts. It shows a young, enthusiastic Nick with his mumma fox in front of a mirror getting in his uniform and when he goes to the meeting, the other members(who are all ‘prey’ animals) turn on him and terrorize him because he is a ‘predator’. They pin him down and put a muzzle on him, which then leads baby Nick to run out into the street and break down in tears. This scene was very real and reminded me of how a lot of young boys can be bullied into these situations because kids are told all boys should not ‘show weakness’ and that crying or struggling is ‘weak’. Judy eventually warms up to Nick and together they become very close until a small hiccup where Judy publicly announces that ‘predators have a biological trait that makes them aggressive’, she groups predator animals under the term ‘them’ and this really hurts Nick because he thought Judy trusted him and believed in him.
Obviously I won’t spoil the whole movie here but it was absolutely heartwarming when Judy finally apologized to Nick and they solved the case together and stuck by each other despite their differences and even learnt that they’d make an amazing cop duo. The whole film has small scenarios and moments that are important to both adults and children and I thought they were all very interesting and endearing. I am extremely proud of this film and honestly I recommend everyone thinking of going to see a film at the cinemas should go check it out!
Thanks for reading,