Zootopia centers on a female (bunny) protagonist with big dreams (and even bigger ears). We follow her on her episodic journey to becoming a cop, and along the way, proves her worth solving a major crime case. Far from a nuanced fable about animals being metaphors reflecting current social anxieties, what makes Zootopia so refreshing is that every character is flawed in their emotional currency when dealing with issues like police brutality and racism. Without further adou, here’s the top 5 things from this epic fantasy that I can’t get enough of.
A Zootopia countdown would not even begin to be complete without mention of Flash – the DMV, plate-checking sloth. In a hilarious and stylized clip (that was huge in the trailer), these Sloths are slow, adorable, and have (untimed) comedic timing. Check it out below:
Shakira as an international gazelle popstar is possibly the best casting of 2000 and ever. And she makes a Disney club banger that will actually make you want to be a better person and well, try everything:
Throughout the film, you’ll be trying to figure out who’s super cute and familiar voice is playing the adork-able mayor’s assistant Bellweather, and it’s none other than:
JENNY SLATE AKA MARCEL THE SHELL:
1) THE OVERALL TEACHABLE MESSAGE
The parable of two unlikely species (natural enemies) befriending one another (while solving a heinous crime) is both poetic and reflective of a diverse time we are living in as human beings. The innate sensibility of revealing human behavior through animated animals creates a discussion about police brutality, racism, and intersectionality. It’s heartwarming, tear-worthy, and genius. I highly recommend you go out and support Zootopia.
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