Zootopia Review


Claire Payne, Assistant Content Editor and Staff Writer

The recent Disney animated film, Zootopia, is a delightfully funny kids’ movie that features talking animals in their own world, but also features subtle hints of racial and gender equality and anti-stereotyping.

It’s set in a city where animals that are typically predators and prey live together in harmony. It first starts out with a small rabbit, Bunny Hops (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), is told that she can’t be a police officer in the city of Zootopia because there’s never been a rabbit police officer. Typically, large predators and ferocious animals do this job. However, Bunny Hops make it through the police training and is immediately discriminated against for her size. Eventually, she meets a red fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) who helps her solve a case of missing animals under the radar.

It is evident that the size discrimination Hops faces in the workforce is symbolic for both racial and gender discrimination that is evident in our society today. The police chief (voiced by Idris Elba) demonstrates his lack of respect for Hops and disbelief that small, girl rabbit could ever be successful as a police cop. Hops also discovers later on that her acceptance into the police force was largely political and based on equality quotas.

It also uses typical animal character traits to comment on a society that stereotypes. For example, eventually there is a theory produced by the police that predators are dangerous and should be careful around. So the entire city of Zootopia starts to assume that all predators are incredibly dangerous, when really they were just like everyone else.

Aside from the political commentary, the movie is absolutely hilarious for all ages. The funniest scene is easily when Hops and Wilde visit the DMV, where the sloths work. The sloth speaks incredibly slow and his name is Flash. If that’s not an accurate representation of the DMV, I’m not sure what is.

If you enjoy top-notch animations, hilarious jokes, and a hint of social commentary, I highly recommend you to see Zootopia. The movie is perfect for all ages, not just kids.