Disney is back at it again with its latest animation Zootropolis and this time they’re teaching kids about feminism and equality.
Judy (Ginifer Goodwin) is a bunny who’s dream is to be a police officer in the big city of Zootroplis. No one believes a bunny can be a police officer in a force dominated by big and authoritative animals like rhinos and elephants. As the film unfolds we watch how she deals with oppression and what lessons she learns herself along the way.
This blogger thought she would be sitting amongst restless children when she went to see the film; but the cinema was full of adults, some not even bringing a child with them to hide their own obvious keen interest. The movie is its usual Disney cuteness with flashbacks to the characters as younger animals easily making your heart melt. The film also didn’t disappoint comedy wise, especially the use of an ongoing joke about the slowness of sloths.
In the effort to subconsciously teach the younger audience, Zootropolis (or Zootopia as it is called in the US), nailed the hidden messages.
When a well meaning cheetah coos over how cute and small Judy is, she kindly tells him that ‘only a bunny can call another bunny cute’. Echoing the sometimes unintentional statements that can undermine certain groups of society.
Though the city’s belief is for prey and predators to live in harmony, the society is mingled with a wariness and suspicion towards predators. The film mirrors the way human society can judge others. But Judy, the ever redeeming light of positivity and female empowerment, holds back these judgements and befriends the sly fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).
If you’re making a trip to the cinema this week, skip everything else and see this film. Bonus is that there’s no annoyingly catchy songs that will be sang on repeat by everyone for months on end (thanks a bunch Frozen).
Zootropolis is out in cinemas nationwide.