Zootopia Is The Best Recent Disney Animated Film For 5 Reasons

Zootopia Is The Best Recent Disney Animated Film For 5 Reasons ...

Frozen (or Tangled if you're cool kids, since Tangled is superior to Frozen) is the film that ushered in Disney's most recent animation Renaissance, and that's fine. But when it comes to Disney's best animated film in the last 15 years or so, I'll have to go with Zootopia, 100%.

Zootopia is more in the Big Hero 6/Raya/Wreck-It-Ralph category because, unlike those aforementioned non-musical animated films, it is the tallest of all Disney's musical works.

In a way that is digestible for children, it deals with race relations and sexuality.

Zootopia would have sounded out of place considering the other articles I wrote about, but I do believe that Zootopia addresses complex issues such as racism and sexism in a way that is actually understandable for children.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a rabbit who wants to one day be a police officer. However, due to her petite stature and the fact that she is a woman, she is assigned to menial tasks because the authorities believe she's too weak to deal with dangerous tasks.

Judy, who would be considered as prey, is introduced to a con-artist fox who fits the description in a flashback, but Nick only takes on the role since society has assigned it to him since childhood, thus becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This, as a black man who has gotten "You don't act like other Black people" practically all my life (as if all Black people are supposed to act a certain way), resonates with me in a big way, and kudos to Disney for daring to tackle something as sensitive as race relations in a children's film.

It Also Deals With The Effects Of Drugs On A Community

Zootopia also depicts the social consequences of drugs, not just about race or sexism. I'm talking about the night howler serum that makes animals look like wild dogs. I'm not going to lie, I'm talking about the night howler serum that makes animals savage. I'm not kidding.

We're actually seeing a society that is actually breaking apart at the seams due to this drug problem, which nobody (including the audience) really knows about until about midway through the film when we discover that the predator mammals aren't just suddenly turning savage out of nowhere, but are instead being drugged and sent into a frenzy, and if that's not smart writing, then I don't know what is.

Its World Is Fully Fleshed Out In A Way That Could Lead To Several Stories

Zootopia is a unique, unadulterated environment. With films like Turning Red and Soul, I believe Pixar is currently in its golden age, but Zootopia is a rare Disney Animated Film that I truly enjoy - like the city of Zootopia.

Isn't that what every Pixar film aspires to achieve? Create life out of the seemingly mundane? Zootopia took something as common as anthropomorphic animals, threw them into a city together, and somehow, they made it feel so alive and fresh that I could envision seeing many different stories told in this universe.

Despite the fact that the film never had a sequel, it actually benefits the film.

We only had one Zootopia film, and I think that makes it feel particularly unique. Because, as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, the world of Zootopia is vast, and I feel like many stories may be told in this universe.

And yet, they were not. Instead, we got a buddy cop story with an unlikely pairing (as all good buddy cop stories should be) that is told in one brief story. I like Dredd more because it's a day-in-the-life story with little pomp and circumstance, and I feel the same way about Zootopia.

I think that's fantastic. I'm sure Disney will develop a Zootopia+ series in the near future, but I feel like they could have gone overboard with another film, and I'm glad that they did not. This single story is so much stronger because it's just one-and-done.

It's a Great Story All Together With A Phenomenal Cast

Zootopia is a fantastic story, with a fantastic cast of voice actors, who includes Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, and Shakira, to name a few.

The movie is simply exceptional, as I mentioned previously. I love Raya and the Last Dragon, and its appeal that we should never judge people by assumptions that we've already made about them, but I also feel that Zootopia conveyed a similar message in a way that was enjoyable. In contrast, look at a movie like the recent Bad Guys, which our very own Eric Eisenberg dubbed "Zootopia without the nuance."

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