I know most people would point out Frozen (or Tangled up if you are one of the cool guys, ever since Tangled up It is better than Frozen) as the film that kicked off the most recent renaissance of Disney animation, and that’s okay. I will not agree with you on this. But when it comes to Disney improve animated films in the past 15 years or so, I’ll have to go with Zootropolis100%.
Because unlike musicals like Charmor Moanaor Frozenwho have excellent soundtracks to sing to, Zootropolis is more in the Big Hero 6 / Raya and the Last Dragon / Wreck-It-Ralph category as they mostly have to support their stories on their own. That said, unlike the aforementioned non-musical animated films, Zootropolis it’s the highest of all Disney animated releases, both musical and non-musical, and I have five reasons why.
It deals with race relations and sexism in a way that is digestible for children
I once helped write an article about 15 movies exploring race and social justice for this website, and even though I didn’t include it Zootropolis (it would have seemed out of place considering the other films I’ve written about), I honestly feel that Zootropolis tackles pungent issues like racism and sexism in a way that is actually digestible for children.
Let me explain. Our heroine is Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a rabbit who dreams of someday becoming a police officer. That said, even though she graduates top of the class from the police academy, due to her small size and the fact that she is a woman, she is assigned to a menial job because her powers think she is. is too fragile to handle dangerous assignments. There’s more. In Zootopia society, you have so-called predators living with prey, which is pretty much a shortened description of every major city in America.
But, as conflict is necessary in all stories, Judy, who would be considered prey, finds herself paired with a “predator” named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) who is a con fox. In Zootopia, all foxes are seen as thieves and Nick fits the description as he is, in fact, a fox. But we learn in a flashback that Nick takes on that crook role only because society has already assigned him since childhood, and in this way he has become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
As a black man who has gotten “You don’t act like other blacks” pretty much my entire life (like all blacks have to behave a certain way), things like that resonate with me in a BIG way and kudos to Disney for even daring to tackle something as delicate as race relations in a children’s film. Good boy.
However, it doesn’t stop with race relations or sexism Zootropolis it also shows the effects of drugs on a community. I’m obviously talking about the night howler serum that makes animals wild. Don’t you think Disney would blatantly refer to drug use in children’s movies? Well then what do you think of the breaking Bad homage inside Zootropolis many references to pop culture?
In the film, we see a society that is actually falling apart due to this drug problem, which no one (including the audience) really knows about until about the middle of the film, when we discover that predatory mammals aren’t just suddenly going wild. out of nowhere, but instead are drugged and sent into delirium. By doing this, we are actually getting comments on how the police are losing in their fight against drugs, and if that’s not smart writing, then I don’t know what it is.
His world is completely enriched in a way that could lead to different stories
The world of Zootropolis it is just that – a world. I’ve been discussing how I think Pixar is currently in its golden age with movies like Turning redAnd Soulbut Zootropolis it’s that rare Disney animated film that actually I think goes tiptoe with the likes of the expansive world-building of Pixar, as the city of Zootopia really feels lived in and alive.
And isn’t that what every Pixar movie can do? Creating life from the seemingly mundane? Good, Zootropolis they took something as common as anthropomorphic animals, threw them into a city together, and somehow made it feel so alive and fresh that I could imagine seeing different stories being told in this universe. Seriously, I’ve seen animals walking and talking in cartoons all my life, but none of them feel as alive and full-bodied as they do in. Zootropolisand this is really saying something.
Still, it never had a sequel, which actually benefits the film
Unlike Frozen IIor Ralph breaks the Internetwe only have one Zootropolis film, and I think that makes it particularly unique. Because, as I mentioned in the last section, the world of Zootropolis it is vast and I feel more stories could be told in this universe.
Yet they weren’t. Instead, we have a story of a police friend with an unlikely match (as all narratives of a good police friend should be) that is told in a concise story. I mentioned it before on this site, but Dred it’s my favorite comic book film, and it’s mainly because it’s just an everyday story with little glitz and circumstances, and I think the same way for Zootropolis. Disney could probably pull many other films out of this universe, yet they didn’t.
I think it’s really cool. We should be getting a few Disney + series titled Zootopia + in the near future, which I’ll definitely check out, but I feel Disney could really have gone overboard with another movie, and I’m glad they didn’t. That makes this single story even stronger because it was just one and over.
It’s just an overall excellent story with a phenomenal cast
In the end, Zootropolis it is simply an excellent story, with a phenomenal cast of voice actors, which, in addition to Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, also includes Idris Elba, JK Simmons and Shakira, just to name a few.
As I said, the story is top notch. love you Raya and the last dragon and its message that we need to stop judging people based on misconceptions we have already formed about them, but I feel like Zootropolis captured a similar message in a way that was really funny. In comparison, watch a movie like the recent one Bad guysthat our own Eric Eisenberg called “Zootropolis without the nuance. “Looking at that review, I think you can ascertain why Zootropolis it’s great – it actually has shades! Which is more than I can say for most movies coming out these days, both animated and non-animated alike.
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