Sunday, April 10, 2016

Zootopia - 動物方城市

Zootopia (動物方城市) is an 2016 animated film from Disney. The movie includes voices from Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, and Shakira. I was able to catch this movie in 3D in the theater with my daughter a few days ago.

Judy Hopps, a rabbit from rural Bunnyburrow, has dreams of becoming a police officer in the best animal city, Zootopia. Bullied by other bigger animals her whole life, she excels at the police academy and graduates first in her class. Making it to Zootopia, she's bullied again and given parking duties. Sick of being on the sidelines, Judy investigates a sly fox. When reports of missing animals makes the rounds, Judy is assigned one. While investigating, things get interesting. Can Judy do her job and make a difference?

This movie was pretty good. It has a good plot line, mystery, and builds up an animal world. In essence, animals take on human form and co-exist in some what harmony. In the Zooptopia world, there is still a need for law enforcement and the underworld elements. As a whole, I think its a pretty positive message for kids.

However, this movie differentiates prey (90%) and predators (10%) and the message is that they can co exist in harmony. Which I interpret as the message of universal acceptance and political correctness. In many circles, this is definitely a hot topic. Populasian is an blog written by a Taiwanese Chinese American. Yet, in the US of A, I will never see universal acceptance even as political correctness is so pedestaled in this generation. For minorities, specifically Asian Americans, discrimination comes in various forms. Just see how politically correct the Oscars were to Asians?

But alas, this is a movie, a fantasy, let's get back to real life. We can talk all we want about universal acceptance and political correctness, but until it is acted upon, we will never get close to Zootopia's message.

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