‘Zootopia’ is a necessary commentary on racial prejudice
March 07, 2016 at 12:30 am
Zootopia, a fun-loving film just released by Disney, details the adventures of a small bunny with big dreams as she sets out to become the first bunny cop and make the world a better place. Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) successfully accomplishes her dream of becoming a cop, but must face another set of challenges as she tries to crack her first case. Fourteen animals have gone missing in the city of Zootopia, and Officer Hopps is determined to figure out why. But the plot is much deeper and more complex than you might expect from a typical animated Disney film. Officer Hopps combats assumptions made about her based on her species, assumptions that run rampant throughout this world of anthropomorphic animals based on whether they’re historically predator or prey. It’s no accident that these assumptions feel quite similar to the challenges of real-life prejudice and — dare I say it — racism. Here are five things from the film Zootopia that can be linked to real-world prejudice.