Disney finds success in newest animation ‘Zootopia’


Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps in “Zootopia.” Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios via Creative Commons

Amanda Capaldi, Lifestyles Editor

Disney did not fail to live up to its high expectations with it’s newest hit movie, “Zootopia.” The movie has a perfect balance of of humor, drama and action. It is a movie that isn’t just for children, but for the whole family. It is fast moving and colorful with incredibly detailed animation, that keeps the attention of not only children but all ages.

“Zootopia” follows Judy Hopps, a young bunny growing up in a small suburban town who dreams of becoming a police officer. Nobody believes in Judy Hopps, not even her own parents. In a world run by animals, bunnies are seen as unfit to be police officers. It is expected of Judy to work on her parent’s carrot farm, as the rest of her family has done for centuries. Despite everybody telling her she can’t do it, Judy goes on to follow her dream to be a police officer and is valedictorian of her class. Despite being at the top of her class, when she is hired as a police officer they assign Judy minimal tasks and nobody takes her seriously. One day, when Mrs. Otterton comes to the police station reporting her husband as one of 14 missing mammals, Judy steps up to take on the task of finding Mrs. Otterton’s husband. Her boss, frustrated with Judy trying to be something he deems her ‘incapable of’ tells her she has 48 hours to solve the case or she will be forced to resign. Despite Judy having none of the resources needed to solve the case, she hesitantly agrees. In a twisted turn of events, Judy teams up with Nick Wilde, a criminal fox, to solve the case of the missing mammals. The movie conveys a powerful message that you are the only one that can determine what you are capable of. Nobody else can determine your true potential except for you.

The movie did an amazing job of demonstrating modern animation, conveying just how big and exciting the city of Zootopia was. As soon as Judy stepped off the train into the city of Zootopia, she was just a little spec in a huge big, bright, colorful world. The movie featured original music by Shakira, and composer Michael Giacchino, that really added to the tone of many scenes throughout the movie.

Despite the movie being very well done, there could have been more featured music by Shakira. Shakira played Gazelle, a extremely famous popstar in Zootopia. In the movie, Gazelle [Shakira] sang the hit “Try Everything”. Despite “Try Everything” being a catchy, enjoyable tune that has been climbing the charts, it was the only song featured sang by Shakira. Having such a strong voice character such as Shakira featured in the movie, it would have been nice to see more songs sang by her featured in the movie.

The animals despite being cartoons displayed human-like emotions throughout the movie that were very relatable to the audience. Almost everybody has been stereotyped at one point in their life, and the movie “Zootopia” really stuck to the message that you do not have to live to be what everyone expects you to be. Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde are constantly shot down as the dumb bunny and the crook, yet they kept moving forward trying their best to put their stereotypes behind them. Only you are in charge of your destiny, and what you become. Put the negative influences behind you, because other people do not control what becomes of you, only you can do that. Overall, I give this movie a rating of 5/5.