“Zootopia is quirky, chirpy and a fun ride for all the kids.”
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Zootopia, the new Disney release gives both kids and the adults who accompany them some very good lessons. The best part is that it does so in a completely non preachy manner with an extremely strong and interesting story and some really funny jokes that keep you laughing throughout.
The movie is set in the animal kingdom. Judy Hopps is a rabbit who wants to be a police officer in Zootopia, a kind of animal Utopia megacity where all animals including predators co-exist in a kind of harmony. The motto of Zootopia is "You can be anything you want to be." Judy succeeds in being the first rabbit ever to become a cop and has to face a lot of biases and snide comments about being cute and weak and overly emotional. She finally lands a case to find a missing otter and with the help of Nick, a con artist fox who is himself the victim of stereotyping as a 'sly' fox cracks the case and unearths a bigger conspiracy
That Judy is a female character is almost accidental in the film. But perhaps it is also because a rabbit by nature is docile, timid and weak, all very feminine attributes. So it's easy to just superimpose one over the other.
Even if that is the case, the film makes a strong point for overcoming biases and stereotypes in our dealings with people. Judy is smart and intelligent and uses these strengths to steal a march over sheer physical power.
Zootopia will make you and the kids laugh (watch out especially for the hilarious scenes with the sloths and the yoga practicing elephant) and will also teach us all a lesson on being non-judgmental, which I believe we adults need to learn more than kids. And yes, it will make all the little girls out there want to go out and reach for the stars. Do not miss this movie.