MISHAWAKA- Disney has played a major factor in the development of most of our lives; it has inspired princesses to become the warriors and informed princes that there is more than just beauty. Disney has taught children for decades the importance of loving one another and being kind; the movie Zootopia has led by example what it means to inclusive, kind and accepting.
The city of Zootopia is the city of possibilities, where every type of mammal can be who they desire to be. Officer Judy Hopps, voiced by actress Ginnifer Goodwin, heads to the city to be the first rabbit cop.
Officer Hopps faces discriminating obstacles because of the stereotypes following rabbits but is determined to show her boss and the other officers she is the best officer no matter where she is assigned.
Later in the film, Officer Hopps partners with her biological enemy, a fox named Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman, and jumps at the opportunity to solve an ongoing mysterious case where mammals are going missing throughout the city.
Disney did a fantastic job of making their audience angry at the discrimination and stereotypes that are present throughout the film; Zootopia reflects something that is quite present in our society today, and Disney brings up the problems without pushing it down our throats.
Officer Hopps and Nick Wilde, though biologically destined to hate each other, overcome the stereotypes of being a rabbit or a fox and realize after many events that they all are the same on the inside and all have the possibility to go “savage” or “crazy.”
The plot teaches audiences to not hate on others just because of what’s on the outside, and even the people who look like us can betray the closest companionship.
SPOILER WARNING: At the end of the film, Officer Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde work together to solve the case haunting the city and overcome more than what their history says they should do. They overcome the differences and celebrate the similarities they share.
Officer Hopps gives an inspiring speech as the movie concludes and leaves the mammals in the film with something inspiring, but also teaches and leaves humans with some of the best advice yet.
“Real life… is messy,” Hopps said. “We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So, no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox. I implore you… try. Try and make the world a better place.”
No matter where we come from, we all must try and make our world a better place.
Thank you, Zootopia.