“Zootopia” Teaches Kids about Prejudice and Stereotypes Through a Rabbits Eye
April 29, 2020 | by Kyle Cox
“Zootopia” is an animated adventure where predators and prey learn to get along in coexistence making it a ride for viewers to learn from.
As the first rabbit police officer in Zootopia, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is stuck writing parking tickets, until she pokes her nose into a missing-mammal pandemic. If she can’t find the missing otter, she’ll be out of a job.
Judy teams up with a scam artist, a fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman), who helps her find clues to the otter’s disappearance. While on the search for the otter, the two travel around Zootopia, a world that pretends to be accepting of everyone, but really isn’t.
Directed by Rich Moore, Byron Howard, and Jared Bush, “Zootopia” doesn’t quite achieve “Inside Out” levels of clarity, but it’s fun to see how someone has imagined the numerous “lands” of “Zootopia”.
Judy and Nick have to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles to run a license plate, where the workers are all sloths, working slowly . At times, “Zootopia” addresses stereotypes and profiling, which makes the movie a little more interesting because all the stereotypes about the various animals are true to some extent.
“Zootopia” connects dots quickly, then leaves the door open for sequels. It is a funny, beautifully designed kids’ film with a message that it restates at every turn. Discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. It’s not easy for members of a certain class to overcome why the majority despises them.
A small town bunny becomes the first ever rabbit police offer, just to team up with a fox to find a missing otter while breaking down barriers