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Movie Review – Zootopia

Ever since seeing the preview for Disney’s Zootopia my kids have been waiting for the movie to come to theatres.

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There have been many books, tv shows and movies about humans turning into animals, but, I cannot recall any where animals actually like as humans.

The closest ones I can think of would be A Bug’s Life, Antz and Peter Rabbit.

(If you can think of any please leave them in the comments)

Zootopia is about a rabbit named Judy Hopps who grows up in a small town and aspires to be something more than just a carrot farmer. She dreams of being someone who has positive influence in the world. She wants to be a police officer in the metropolis of Zootopia.

As a child, Judy is made fun of by a fox saying that she could never become a police officer because she is so small.

Even her parents do not seem to want to support her dream, trying to persuade her to be safe and become a carrot farmer.

But Judy persists and never gives up on her dream.

Part of me can relate to Judy.

I grew up in a very small town where your options of jobs was very limited. The best place to work was the local nursing home (exactly where I had my first job).

I dreamed of spreading my wings and leaving my small town and going to LaSalle College in Montreal to become a fashion designer.

Growing up I watched Fashion Television every Saturday and I would draw fashion designs and even sew some things out of the spandex my brother would bring home from the plant that he worked at.

Unfortunately, I allowed my own doubts to cloud my decision as well as my mother’s desire for me to stay close to home. I gave in to the fear and doubt and gave up on my dreams. I stayed close to home and went to the local community college. But, because it was not what I wanted to do (and because the instructor was horrible) I ended up quitting after a few months. Part of me wonders if I had gone to LaSalle, if I would have been able to actually achieve my dream. But, I wouldn’t change anything because I have 2 beautiful children who would not exist had I chosen another path in life.

Luckily Judy didn’t listen to her parents fears or give up on her dreams because of the doubts of others.

She went for it and succeeded!

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The first rabbit to become a police officer, Judy has to prove herself to gain the respect of her peers and fellow officers.

I’m not going to tell you too much about the storyline as I really think you should watch it for yourself.

I love that the message of the movie is “You can be anything you want to be” and inspires you to keep hope in achieving your dreams, and that perseverance and never giving up will help you get there.

The movie flows wonderfully and I did not find that there were any slow parts at all.

The music was great (Thanks Shakira!)  and the voices for the animals were well chosen. You might even recognize Judy’s voice as that of Ginnifer Goodwin from the hit tv series Once Upon A Time.

Zootopia is a heartwarming family movie that is great for all ages. I do however recommend using discretion for those under 5 or with viewing sensitivity as there are a couple “scary” parts, one that even made me jump.

You can check out the parental advisory warnings here: Parental Guide on IMDb

We had a couple in front of use who were at least in their 70s (if not 80s) and they were laughing quite a bit through the movie. There were also younger children 2-3yrs old in the theatre that enjoyed the movie as well.

We give this movie a 10/10 ! I really hope they make a 2nd one!

Check out the trailer below and if you go see the movie let me know what you thought about it!

~Heather

Zootopia photo credit : http://www.momendeavors.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/zootopia.jpg

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