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[Movie Review] Zootopia (2016)

Isaiah Cordova

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By Isaiah Cordova

The new title on the marquis, Zootopia (Released March 4), is a fun, cute, and incredibly important movie. The idyllic metropolis holds many different species of mammal; from the tiniest shrew to the biggest elephant. The movie follows Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a rabbit from the countryside who wishes to follow her childhood dreams of becoming a police officer in the big city of Zootopia.

After facing constant doubt and the gruelling police bootcamp, Judy makes it into the ranks of the Zootopia Police Department. Despite her astounding success in facing such insurmountable odds, Judy is placed as a meter maid in order to keep her out of the way of the other officers.

In order to move beyond such an embarrassing position, Judy decides to take on a case the entire precinct hasn’t been able to solve in 2 weeks. But, in order to do so, Judy enlists the help of local fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

Although Nick initially attempts to stall the investigation with disparaging comments towards Judy’s abilities, he and Judy eventually create a dynamic duo which cracks the case.

But this is where the movie becomes incredibly important.

After cracking the case, Judy accidentally awakens a fear which has lied dormant within the citizens of Zootopia for a few thousand years. The hysteria shears the once-unified utopia in twain, as well as the dynamic detective duo.

Judy’s bias, rooting in her childhood and what her parents believe, is what insults Nick the most. Nick’s wish for trust and inclusion was ultimately betrayed by the perpetuation of stereotypes.

Now the boisterous bunny must learn, rather soberingly, that her biases have made Nick feel horrible.

Zootopia makes the viewer confront the issue of discrimination and bias in both society and in media through two fuzzy messengers. One message is kid-friendly, showing that dreams are reachable, while the second message subtly flows through the entirety of the film, leading to a happy denouement.

Zootopia is the new essential movie from Disney for everyone.

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One Response to “[Movie Review] Zootopia (2016)”

  1. Sarah on September 8th, 2016 1:57 pm

    This is spot on. Deserves an All Colorado Award

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