I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse. You HAVE to see Zootopia now that it’s officially in theatres. That’s right – today marks the day that Disney’s Zootopia hits theatres nationwide and I can’t be happier. I had the pleasure of screening the animated film a few weeks ago, but now I get to take my kids! AHHHH
In case you wanted to read a review from someone who saw the film (but without any spoilers because MY GOODNESS I HATE THOSE PEOPLE), you’ve come to the right place.
The foundation of the whole story: Judy Hopps is a bunny who has big dreams of becoming a cop in Zootopia. Traditionally, this role is given to animals that are predators – think BIG like Elephants, Rhinos, Tigers, Lions and Bears (oh my). A bunny? Everyone (even her parents) didn’t think she could do it.
But she puts mind over matter (click here to read Ginnifer Goodwin’s amazing interview highlighting how she shares the same mentality) and gets on the force. However, no one is really rooting for her and somehow she finds herself with her job on the line and a case to crack in under 48 hours. Talk about pressure!
During her first day on the job, she gets hustled by Nick – this sly fox who is a man of the streets. Turns out she needs him to solve this case and so their journey begins. I’m ending the INFO PORTION there because the rest of the movie should be seen with a clean slate.
I just want to use the rest of this post to tell you that YOU will laugh and your CHILDREN will laugh – throughout the entire movie. Some scenes are smart. Some scenes are goofy. Some scenes are comedic gold. It’s the perfect recipe for a night out with the family. AND there are even adult joke nuggets that your children won’t necessarily get but will blow your socks off because you absolutely won’t be expecting them.
Want to know what they are? TOUGH! You’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not going to spoil the joy. I want you to be as surprised as I was when I heard nods to some of my favorite TV shows and movies sprinkled throughout Zootopia. Super cute!
In the end, Zootopia is a light-hearted story with deep-rooted messages about big-picture issues that are happening right now in our world. The story touches on racism but in a way that is easy to swallow for kids.
A fox that was treated poorly as a child because his peers automatically didn’t trust him since he was born a particular breed.
An elephant ice cream shop that only served to other elephants – and someone who finally questions why that’s ok?
And then the bigger story – which I won’t tell you because I hate those write us that spoil a movie.
But you catch my drift. You can go home after this movie and talk to your kids and say, “Imagine an ice cream shop that only served ice cream to girls with brown hair? How crazy would that be! Well, it used to be that way 60 years ago. (Insert American History)” OR take it to current times about the refugee crisis. OR take it to current times about religion / sexual / transgender / discrimination. We certainly are not limited with life issues these days…
They might be too young to GET the message right now – but they will understand this story and they will LOVE it. And honestly, even if you don’t want to GO THERE with your kids – this is an amazing cartoon adventure that everyone will love at face value. You don’t have to make this into a “discussion”, but it’s good to know that the platform exists should you want to do so.
To find out more about Zootopia, please visit:
- twitter.com/DisneyZootopia (#Zootopia)
Disney invited me attend the press junket for Zootopia. All opinions are my own.