“Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.”
-Chief Bogo, Zootopia
Everyone wants a utopia, where everything is all fine and well; equality and justice are upheld, and various opportunities to pursue dreams are always there. Along with constant peace, things will never go wrong in a utopia. When the ones residing in that seemingly perfect society are anthropomorphic animals, things get even better. Enter Zootopia, the place where predators and preys live in harmony together, a sanctuary where animals can become what they want; free from discrimination and injustice, the society seems to reach the pinnacle of peace development. Of course, there is no society without evildoers, so even in the place where positive values are promoted, there are the ones upholding justice, the ZPD, or Zootopia Police Department.
Judy Hopps, ZPD’s first bunny cop, finally reaches her dream after ten years of training and confidence. She starts her day enthusiastically, only to be assigned as a meter maid by Bogo, the police chief. Nevertheless, she performs her duties with zeal, until she faces a near-termination from her dream job after being blamed for neglecting her duties while chasing a criminal and for promising to assist a female otter named Mrs. Otterton to look for her missing husband. It then comes to the deal that if Judy is not able to find Mr. Otterton in 48 hours, she will be fired. Having little time, Judy starts looking for evidence, starting from questioning Nick Wilde, a fox who is a con artist whom she meets previously during parking duties. From this encounter, the two and several more animal friends and foes will have an unforgettable adventure involving friendship, family, and the fate of Zootopia itself.
With light humors to pretty good ones (nobody does not laugh at the sloth scene), “Zootopia” packs a pretty good humor in a pretty good storyline with unique character designs and environmental concepts (a train with doors of various sizes to accommodate different sized species? brilliant!), which delivers not only humor, but it also makes a pretty good point for the term ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’, two values that have been one of the major problems in the current society.Watching the movie itself can make the viewers realize about the implementation of equality within the society; it makes them think, what does it mean to be equal, and what exactly true justice is. Seeing the animals seemingly treating one another in a considerably well manner can enact the realization that an ideal society is a society without discrimination, and “Zootopia” tries to deliver that message, the message that a good society should be that way, but achieving such a state is not easy.
Despite of the first impression that Zootopia is a paradise for the animals from all species and biome, it is gradually revealed that there are cracks in all kinds of society, including the place where the word ‘ideal’ is plastered everywhere. It is part of nature, in this case, animal nature, that there are fears and awareness of predators even when the opposite party is being nice in a nice society. That is one of the messages that the plot of “Zootopia” delivers. Viewers are presented with messages that can be analyzed further, and there are remarkable twists within the story itself which contains more messages that form an entity that does not only lecture the viewers, but the society as a whole. Granted, the twists might be predictable, the lessons might be predictable, but the way they deliver all of those in an entertaining, emotional, and innovative way is not.
These twists and messages are appreciated greater because of the character development of the title. Viewers witness the struggles, physical and emotional, of Judy throughout the movie, and that can really get to them; an optimistic bunny who thinks that she has reached her dream, only to be looked down and treated the way she does not expect to be treated, all while being lectured by the ones not believing in things like equality and fairness, the treatments that may be experienced by some of the society. This makes them being able to connect emotionally and be attached with Judy, and not only her, even the sly fox Nick with his background tales and perceptions. Of course, those two characters are not the only relatable ones as even the minor characters and antagonists of the movie have ‘humane’ traits that make their reasons to behave in those ways understandable, that it is all due to different level of tolerance and different approaches to retaliate and make the situations better.
In conclusion, there have been times when people can learn from animals, but “Zootopia” takes the lessons to a whole new level.
Rating from me: 4.5/5