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Monday, August 29, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

This is every inch a Disney movie, and I mean that mostly in the best of ways.  Zootopia is a metropolis where predators and prey live in harmony.  Judy Hops, a perky rabbit, has wanted to be a police officer in Zootopia her entire life, and while she is literally the first bunny to ever graduate from the academy, she does it with flair and creativity and she is an excellent officer.  Not to mention a go getter.  She defies the stereotypes of women and rabbits and by the end of the movie she gets the recognition she deserves.  The meaning of the film, which is repeatedly hammered home, is to not pigeon hole people by their species.  Not all foxes are sly.  Don't judge someone by their background (or, it goes without saying, their color or their religion).  It is a movie about tolerance.
Yet it is replete with stereotypes.  The population of Judy's rabbit home town has a population that is constantly rolling up, and she is one of a sibship of 1,200.  The sloths are maddeningly slow moving and they all work at the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The good news is that the plot is well devised, with a few surprises and and happy ending. 

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