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‘Zootopia’ relates to real world issues

“Zootopia” is the newest film released by Disney Animation, who are mostly known for their recent hits “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.” Much like those two movies, “Zootopia” is another solid hit for Disney that is likely to strike a chord with many audiences.

While on the surface, “Zootopia” seems like your average Disney kids movie, it actually has a lot to offer older viewers and it has themes that mirror real world problems concerning race and prejudice that still exist today.

Much of the plot concerns two different sides of animals, predators and prey, and a large amount of stereotyping results from the animals being what they are. For example, foxes are assumed to be mischievous and sly. However, the film shows that, just like real life, what you are does not define who you are, and you can become whatever you want, just as long as you have the want and determination to do so.

The movie plays out like a traditional detective cop movie, however, there are many comedic elements to it. Two particular scenes that stand out are one involving sloths at a DMV and another that parodies the classic film, “The Godfather,” but in a tasteful and clever way.

The voice actors in “Zootopia” do a good job of portraying their characters, but no performances particularly shine more than others.

"Zootopia" provides viewers with an amazing plot that connects to real world issues (Courtesy of
“Zootopia” provides viewers with an amazing plot that connects to real world issues (Courtesy of

Jason Bateman, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the beloved show “Arrested Development,” does a respectable job as the fox, Nick Wilde. While his voice acting did not really stand out as terrific, the character of Nick Wilde is well-written and is easy to like within seconds of seeing his first appearance.

Ginnifer Goodwin does a good job with her role as well. Goodwin is not that well known, at least not nearly as well known as Bateman, but she has appeared in a good amount of films and TV shows such as 2005’s “Walk the Line,” or ABC’s popular show “Once Upon a Time.” She plays Judy Hopps, the first bunny police officer in Zootopia ever. She faces a lot of discrimination from the higher ups and is constantly doubted, but she shows that even though she’s a bunny, she can be as tough as a rhino. Goodwin is likely to get work in more popular films after 2016, as “Zootopia” shows her ability to carry a lead role.

“Zootopia” is definitely a good movie, and a lot of people will enjoy it. It’s certainly not the best Disney film of recent years, but its message is helpful and inspiring, nonetheless.

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