Zootopia (2016) – 5/5

Pixar might be taking all the animated movie awards lately, but the original Disney Studios is not ready to be left behind. Gorgeously animated and with a beautiful story and message, Disney’s Zootopia is one of those rare kids’ films adults can enjoy just as much. Directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush, bring in something completely refreshing to the table by creating an unforgettable movie that is equally rich in animation, story and characterization.

From the very beginning, one can appreciate the thoughtful artistry and story behind Zootopia. This amazing city is comprised of neighborhoods that are based on different environments and habitats so a large variety of animals can coexist with each other. However, the story centers on a single rabbit who dreams of being a police officer, a job only for the big, tough animals. The story seems quite simple, a small rabbit trying to become something society tells her she cannot be, in the midst of, believe it or not, racism in the wonderful city of Zootopia. Sounds familiar?

It is thanks to such similarities to today’s society that Zootopia is so incredibly successful. It teaches a lesson about racial tolerance to adults and children alike. A much needed lesson in today’s society and politics, if you ask me. It is inspiring to see a children’s movie, especially a Disney one, go beyond the norm to create something not just colorful, attractive, and entertaining, but also educational to all ages.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes

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