It’s finally here! #Zootopia is in theaters TODAY!
I’m so excited to share a little bit of the film with you now. I do not want to give away too much as I really want families to head to the theaters and laugh together at this amazing movie.
Here is a quick overview that was provided by the creators:
From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.
Is it safe for the family?
YES! I took my 13 year old, her 12 year old friend, and my 7 year old to prescreen Zootopia. We were all laughing. Each of us were glued to the screen. I heard my 13 year old point out a few things to her little sister throughout the movie. Like a reference to Frozen and a few other “Easter Eggs” in the movie. They were beyond engaged. All ages will enjoy the film in my opinion. Today is opening day and I will be taking my 9 year old and 15 year old son. That being said, there are 2 parts worth mentioning that you may be concerned about. There are a few dark animals with creepy eyes that may scare toddlers or young children. As a parent, you can see this part coming for sure, so you can prepare. (I jumped and I think my whole row jumped as well and then we roared with laughter). And, then there is a scene with “nudists”. The animals in Zootopia all wear clothing, however, in one scene they are interviewing at an “all natural” camp aka nudist camp so the animals don’t have clothing on. Do the kids even notice? I don’t think many will. It’s very funny and my 7 year old had no idea they were nudists at all.
Will adults enjoy the film?
Oh yes! Yes, yes, yes! There is both kid and adult friendly humor. And the adult humor is kid friendly, which is very hard to do. I applaud Disney and their amazing team for conquering this feat. I’m sure it’s not easy to figure out a way to keep both adults and children of all ages entertained throughout an entire film. But, they did it! They even threw in a reference to Breaking Bad. Love it!
A deeper meaning
Zootopia is wildly entertaining. It’s full of adorable animals, an amazing metropolis that will have you scanning the screen for hidden pictures and tiny animals. It will have you and the whole family laughing. But, there is an overall moral and very meaningful message within the story. In Zootopia, all animals, regardless of their previous predatory status, live together peacefully in a metropolis that is built with dozens of “towns” that are specifically made for different living conditions. The city seems to be thriving and everyone is living in peace. But, dig a little deeper and you will find issues very similar to those we humans go through on a daily basis. We start to see different species of animals separating from other species. There is fear, there is “bullying”. We witness Judy being told by her parents and numerous others that “bunnies can’t be cops”. Stereotypes and discrimination is touched on, alot. Judy, however, believes that she can be anything she wants. She sets her mind to it and with the help of fox, Nick Wilde, Zootopia begins to heal and overcome. There are so many layers in this movie. So many amazing lessons.
I absolutely love how Disney’s Zootopia tackled fear, prejudice, and bullying. Most of all I love that my youngest daughter left the theater with questions about what she saw. “I can be anything I want when I grow up too, right mom?” That question right there melted my heart and made this my new #1 Disney Movie of all time. You have to love a movie that gets your 7 year old daughter in the mindset of conquering her dreams and not letting anyone stand in her way.
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