This is the first time I am writing a movie review. I never write movie reviews because, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter to me whether you watch the movie or not. If you want to, go ahead. If you don’t want to, that’s completely up to you.
I’m too lazy to write a post to convince someone to watch a movie. Haha.
However, I decided to write about Zootopia because the message is just too powerful and inspirational. I have to share!!
Judy Hopps is the main character of the story and this little bunny has big dreams for herself. Ever since she was a child, she aspired to be a cop.
The thing is, there has never been a bunny cop.
Bunnies mainly made their livings by selling carrots on a farm. Most of them are satisfied with this lifestyle and never ever ventured to do anything different.
Judy’s parents were extremely against her dreams.
Dad: Ever wonder how your mom and me became so happy? We gave up on our dreams and settled…that’s the beauty of complacency.
Physically, they are in no form to be police officers. They are smaller and weaker than most animals. But Judy didn’t care. She wanted to serve and protect, and nothing was going to stop her.
When she finally arrived in Zootopia, the land where all animals supposedly got along, she was in for a surprise. No one took her seriously, and she was often ridiculed.
Judy Hopps: Hello! I’m here to ask you some questions about a case.
Nick Wilde: Then they should’ve gotten a real cop to solve it.
Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your dreams magically come true. So let it go.
She was tricked by a fox named Nick and he tried to give her a reality call.
Nick Wilde: Everyone comes to Zootopia, thinking they could be anything they want. But you can’t. You can only be what you are. Sly fox (referring to himself). Dumb bunny (referring to Judy).
Nick shared his story from his past and told her that at one point, he had dreams too. However, other animals bullied him and basically said they will never trust a fox without a muzzle. In their minds, foxes are sly predators and could never be trusted.
Nick: I learned two things that day. 1. I was never going to let anyone see that they got me. 2. If the world was only gonna see that I’m shifty and untrustworthy, then there’s no point in being anything else.
In my opinion, this statement is a wake up call. In our society today, there are so many people who are mistreated based on their race, sex, religion, age, and etc. Perhaps, originally they were actually good citizens. However, after constantly being wronged and judged, they may simply decide to behave the way society expects them to.
Bellweather: Judy, we’re on the same team. Underestimated, under appreciated.
Anyhow, the story continues and oddly enough, some predators have started going crazy and attacking everyone. Fear kicks in and now the “prey” are turning against the “predator”. (Find out what happens by watching the movie)
Technically, the prey is 70% of the population (majority). Yet, historically, they were always living at the mercy of the predators.
This then reminds me of the Europeans and the rest of the world. Haha. Today, English is an International language because so many countries have been conquered or ruled under the English at some point. If we look at the statistics, their population compared to the rest of the world is/was much smaller than the rest. However, that did not stop them from ruling over the majority.
It was survival of the fittest. And today, it still is.
Anyhow, I do not want to spoil the whole story so I’m going to end it with two more awesome quotes.
Judy: I’m not a hero. I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.
Bogo: Don’t give yourself so much credit. The world has always been broken.
Judy Hopps: I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.
This movie is amazing and very mind-opening. I would highly suggest you to watch it!! I’m very happy that Disney is addressing all these issues in a kids’ movie. We have a lot of problems we need to fix, and the first step is to acknowledge its existence.
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