I actually watched Zootopia back in July with my family but I only recently bought it last night and rewatched it.
“Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.”
There are so many positive things about this movie but I think the part that sticks out the most is the actual characters themselves.
Judy Hopps is a fantastic role-model for anyone of any age. She knew what she wanted to do with her life at a very young age and then she worked as hard as she could to overcome all obstacles and achieve her goal of becoming a police officer. Her parents aren’t thrilled with her decision, but they’re supportive anyway. When she goes to the academy, she fails at every task, “dying repeatedly”, and that just makes her work harder. She learns to use her own strengths, such as her size and her agility, to her advantage. She doesn’t complete the tasks the same way her peers do, but she still completes them and even winds up as the valedictorian of her class because of her hard work and tenacity. When she gets to the city of Zootopia, she’s given the duties of a parking attendant. Even though she feels humiliated and as though her talents and dreams are wasted, she sets out to accomplish her assigned task to the absolute best of her ability. She’s told by Chief Bogo to write 100 tickets a day and she decides to write 200 tickets by noon, which she does. Her small size and agility is absolutely a benefit as she apprehends Duke Weaselton when he robs a shop and runs through rodent town. A larger officer would have wound up trampling the tiny residents of Zootopia, but she is a great size to not cause any harm and to actually catch the crook. She grows as a character by acknowledging her own prejudice and overcoming her societally-developed view of predators as she makes errors based on ignorance. She acknowledges her errors and genuinely apologizes when she realizes the hurtfulness of her words.
Nick’s dialogue about how he learned not to let people see that they get to you and how he realized that people will only see what they want to see about you instead of who you really are was a really interesting way to approach prejudice. While Nick is a scam artist, none of the things he does is actually hurtful to anyone else. He isn’t actually robbing anyone, he’s just getting the most out of limited resources, which he does very well. He is creative and smart and also caring. He stood up for Officer Hopps when it was obvious Chief Bogo wasn’t going to give her a fighting chance. He even called Chief Bogo out on it when he demands her badge. He tells Chief Bogo that Officer Hopps was set up on an impossible task and gets her the time she needs to finish the case she started and also sticks with her to help finish it.
This movie is filled with a lot of humor and a lot of animal puns and I think it’s great. I was going to write a longer review, but I have a lot of things I need to get done today. I’d say this movie is easily a high three if not a low four on my rating scale. I’m glad I own it and am highly likely to watch it again in the future.