Movie review: Zootopia


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Is it just me, or is Judy Hopps just the cutest bunny ever? Oh, wait, sorry, I forgot it’s offensive for a non-bunny to call a bunny cute. My bad.

But I’m still wondering why a movie marketed towards children made a group of teenagers laugh. Shakira voiced the pop-star Gazelle and sang the movie’s main song, “Try Everything.” We all listened to this song on a loop during the drive home even though it’s cliche themes weren’t anything like what we normally listen to.

The movie follows the journey of a relatable bunny named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who wants be a police officer, but she would be the first bunny to join the force. After both literally and metaphorically hurdling over some obstacles, she gets to move from her parents’ Midwest-esque carrot farm to the big city, Zootopia. Zootopia is a place where all animals live together in harmony — for the most part. Judy joins the police force and works her way into a high-profile case involving 14 missing mammals. She then cons an unwilling fox, Nick Wilde, (voiced by Jason Bateman) into helping her when he proves to be her only initial lead. The subsequent investigation then tackles Zootopia’s corrupt politics and the divide between predators and prey. Apparently, the predators have evolved past their savage ways, but Judy’s investigation addresses the divide. The predator/prey issue is strikingly and intentionally similar to the racial divides that plague society today. Zootopia attempts to deal with the issues that keep the world today from becoming a utopia, as well.

What’s really surprising is that over spring break a group of five teenagers went to see Zootopia, and we all loved it. I’m sure if I brought my 2-year-old cousin to the movies, she would love it, too, and my parents would probably enjoy it. Basically, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t find Zootopia entertaining. Except maybe Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, I’ve had “Try Everything” stuck in my head since Judy Hopps played it on the train into the city of Zootopia. It’s practically the new “Let it Go.” If only I could. But in a world of prejudice and hate, Zootopia is essentially a reflection on our own imperfect society. Even though it’s marketed towards kids, it teaches them a valuable lesson about false perceptions.