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Movie Review: “Zootopia” by Byron Howard and Richard Moore


Movies for children are one of my weaknesses. I love the way they can transmit so many values and talk about so many problems that we have in the world without losing the simplicity required for children to understand them. When I rewatch the movies I know from my childhood, I discover plenty of new details and messages that I had never noticed previously. It makes me comprehend and admire this kind of films all the more.

Despite my age, I still like going to the cinema to watch animated movies, even though other adults find it ridiculous. In those moments I got completely transfixed, I forgot that I am no longer an eight-year-old and I have as much fun as all the children around me.

The one I am going to talk about is one of my most recent favorites, and the animated film I like the most.

The movie tells the story of Judy Hopps, a rabbit from a rural family whose biggest dream is to become a police officer in the city of Zootopia. Despite being top of the class during her training, when she first starts working her colleagues do not take her seriously because she is a rabbit, so she is assigned to parking duty.

But Judy does not let this get her down and waits for the chance to prove to them that she has potential. This chance comes by the hand of some strange disappearances that have been taking place in Zootopia recently: Fifteen animals are missing, and the police has been unsuccessful at finding any clue. After talking to the wife of one of the missing animals, Judy volunteers for the job.

As the Mayor’s assistant, who likes Judy, seems enthusiastic about it, her boss has no choice: He let the little bunny take the case. But he also gives her a deadline: If the case has not been solved in forty-eight hours, she can say goodbye to her plaque.

Along with Nick Wilde, a fox that lives of illegal businesses, Judy will work as hard as she can to solve the case in time.

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Why should you be watching it?

I cannot even start telling you how much I love this film. Not only the animation and screenplay are excellent, but also the topics it deals with are quite complex for a children's stories.

“Zootopia” gives us an amazing female leading character. Judy is perfect in so many ways: She is brave and strong. She knows that the others will look down on her because she is rabbit and police officers are usually bigger animals, but she does not care. She is totally convinced that she can prove them wrong, that she can show them how good she is at her job, and that they will eventually recognize it.

She is told that she “does not know when to give up” and it is certainly true. She is sensible, and despite it could be seen as a weakness for the people around her, I think is one of her strengths. Being able to be empathic and to listen to others is a big success for someone whose job is to protect and help others. In my opinion, it shows what a big contribution women can make to jobs that were traditionally for men.

Nick character is also interesting. While Judy has been discouraged to follow her dream during her life (Especially during her childhood) and despite that she has never given up, Nick has. He was hurt when he tried to be good, so he decided that he was going to be simply what the others expected him to be. His friendship with Judy will heal his wounds and make him remember who he once wanted to be. Never before had I seen such a good example of what bullying can do to a child.

But my favorite moment of the whole movie is Judy’s speech in the end: “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.”

“Zootopia” gives children and adults the most important message in the world: You can be who you want to be.

I hope it inspired you as much as it has inspired me.

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