Zootopia isn’t just two hours of quirky animal cuteness. Its powerful message about inclusion would stay relevant for a long time.
Since young, rabbit Judy Hopps has dreamed of being a police officer in urban Zootopia. She eventually becomes one but is quickly disregarded by her chief because of her small physique. To impress her boss, she then volunteers to investigate a strange series of disappearances. This soon leads to her involvement in a citywide conspiracy. And a peculiar alliance with small-time red fox con artist, Nicholas P. “Nick” Wilde.
I don’t expect much from Disney 3D films, for the reason I’m a devoted Pixar fan. Any 3D feature that is un-Pixar branded, I consider as, well, no more than light entertainment.
Surprise, surprise. Zootopia turns out to be everything that Pixar had not been for years. These being a creative premise, quirky caricatures and most of all, superior storytelling. The thorny challenges about stereotyping are so intelligently weaved into the engrossing story line, without ever having to resort to bland or distasteful banter. And then there’s Flash. Hundred yard dash. I’m not American, but I had my share of wearisome waiting at government offices and the likes of. Hereby is truly a golden example of great storytelling. No matter where the audience is watching from, the underlying message is close and relatable. The same goes for the Judy’s challenges in a work environment her physique is unsuitable for. And the knee-jerk stereotyping poor Nick had to face throughout his entire life.
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