March 19th 2016
I’ve been meaning to discuss this masterpiece of animation for a few days now but, due to more recent and perhaps more pertinent matters, it’s had to wait. Disney has done it again and delivered another animated marvel, something that appeals to adults and children alike, it’s beaten: Up, The Lego Movie and even classics like Bambi and Pinnochio when it comes to reviews (except for Meta Critic because they were obviously blind), takings and impact on third party content created. This masterpiece is of course.
Disney often sets the gold standard for animated adventures, their cross between lovable characters, state of the art animation and multi-demographic spanning, heartfelt, narratives have all become hallmark features and Zootopia is no exception to these traits. The movie follows Judy Hopps, a never say die bunny with dreams of becoming a cop who, when given an almost impossible case, teams up with the rakish con-fox Nicholas P Wilde; rabbits and foxes, the law and the con-artist, it’s already a match made in heaven.
Two partners, unlike in dignity, in fair Zootopia, where we lay our scene. Zootopia is a city not like any other, a place where species of both predator and pray coexist in peace and harmony (a microcosm for the humanist desire for an ideal society in our world) where “Anyone can be anything” As their motto states. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, prejudice is rife, especially when it comes to foxes.
Foxes are coined as: cunning and devious swindlers that are only out to save their own pelt and profit from others misery; dubious swindlers that are almost universally loathed. Nick unfortunately learned this at a very young age when his scout-mates beat him to the floor, slapped a muzzle on him and forced him to run, scared from a sanctum where he was supposed to feel safe and accepted. He learned that the world can be cruel and that “You can’t be anything, you can only be what you are” and has since resolved that “If they expect foxes to be liars, cheats and swindlers, that’s what they’ll get”.
My heart bled for him, through no fault of his own his noble intentions had been crushed and used to weave a rope around his neck, he loathes himself because the world loathes him; I nearly cried. Judy, who up until this point in the film subscribes to the belief that he’s only out to get off the hook for a crime, now begins to see that he’s a kindhearted soul who is not the stereotypical fox. He cared enough for her to risk his neck to make sure she was safe and kept her job- he’s actually rather gallant.
The film made me look at my life and realise that I could do more, I could strike out and do anything that I put my mind to, be it: Writing, Piano, the Gym or even learning a new language; I have no excuse to not defy and challenge my boundaries, self imposed or otherwise. That is what a good film should do, it should inspire you, make you think differently and above all else, should enrapture you from start to finish.