‘Zootopia’ is a Family Film that Tackles Modern Day Issues

By Hutton Jackson
A&E and Online Editor 

Zootopia is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest feature film starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman as an anthropomorphic rabbit and fox.

Photo courtesy of TheGlobalDispatch.com.
Photo courtesy of TheGlobalDispatch.com.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a rabbit born into a family of carrot farmers, yet she longs to become a police officer in the city of Zootopia. She finally achieves her dream of becoming a cop and immediately is assigned to a case in which she must reluctantly work with a cunning fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), in order to find animals missing throughout Zootopia.

In addition to Bateman and Goodwin, the film displays an array of vocal talent including Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, J.K. Simmons and Shakira. Combined with the colorfully animated characters, this makes for a stylistically intricate film. Yet it is not the visual or vocal talent, but the story that makes this film so special.

On the surface, Zootopia is a film featuring talking animals that’s perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Yet Zootopia manages to be much more than just another animated film targeted at children. The film tackles many serious underlying themes still facing society, such as racism and discrimination. The film attempts to teach audiences that we should embrace each other’s differences and that anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it. And it does so in a fun, subtle way that never comes across heavy-handed.

This, combined with the film’s humorous one-liners and pop culture references throughout, makes Zootopia one of the cleverest films of the year. Altogether, the film is able to tackle mature, relevant issues while still managing to be kid-friendly and fun.

Zootopia is rated PG for some thematic elements, rude humor and action.

Overall Rating: 8/10

S.H.A.R.K. Grade
(Rates on a scale of 1-5, how much Suspense, Humor, Action, Romance, and Kid-friendly material is in the movie)
1- None to Very Little, 2- Little, 3- Average, 4- Much, 5- Very much

S 3     H 5    A 3     R 1    K 5

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