The family and I had a big movie date for Zootopia a few weeks back and we had a blast. I swear it's the ultimate sociology case study. According to my 16 year old the entire movie is based around "labelling theory".
I won't go into the academics of it here, other than to say it's about how self-identity and behaviours of people can be influenced by how they are classed by society. You know, the whole self-fulfilling prophecy thing and stereotyping.
Anyway, I said I wouldn't go into the "academics" to I'll put the
text book Wikipedia away and we'll get into the nuts and bolts of the story.
Oh, and stay tuned because we've got another Deep Fried Disney give-away at the end of all this.
"The last thing you'd expect from a new Disney animated marshmallow is balls. But, hot damn, Zootopia comes ready to party hard."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Here we go ...
Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) wants to be a police woman. But female rabbits can't be police women, can they?
Of course she does what she has to do, to be what she wants to be, but when she arrives in the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia it turns out she's a police woman in name only. The reality is she's relegated to being a parking inspector.
Until she finds herself smack bang in the middle of the city's biggest crime and pleads to be involved in the case. Determined to prove herself she partners with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox by the name of Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery.
What happens next is a wild ride into Zootopia's underworld which threatens to upset the harmony of this carefully balanced city.
The movie starts and finishes with a vision of hope where all animals from the biggest elephant to the smallest mouse can be anything they want to be living together in an environment of peace. What happens in the middle of the story is more true to life with conflict, social hazards, prejudices and ethnic/racial division.
Disney has nailed it with Zootopia. Despite the depth of the message for adults (and the sociology theories), it's a delightfully funny jaunt for the whole family with the usual positivity encouraging children to reach for the stars and reminding us all that deep down inside we have what it takes to be the best that we can be.
Zootopia was released on DVD and Blu-ray last week. It is rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 48 minutes. It is a little longer than many Disney animated flicks, but our 3 year old companion managed to get through until the 1 hour 40 minute mark before she got antsy.
If you haven't seen it yet, do. I would put it up there with the best Disney has produced. The seriously slow public servant sloth alone is worth the watch.
Have you seen Zootopia?
If you were a zoo animal, what animal would you be?
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To enter the draw tell me, if you were a zoo animal, which animal would you be and why?
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Life is a zoo! Let's enjoy it ...