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3 Things I Learned from ZOOPTOPIA

Theatrical poster from Disney

Theatrical poster from Disney

I got chance to watch Disney's newest movie release, Zootopia and I liked it.

I had already seen an extended trailer that had been showing at Disney California Adventure. It was funny enough and I had hopes that there would be more funny scenes in the movie. I'll admit that my expectations were low going into the screening so it was easy to get to the "I like it" factor.

Zootopia takes place in a make believe world where humans don't exist and animals have created an orderly and civilized world. Check out THIS TRAILER to understand the "anthropomorphic" Zooptopia characters. All animals (preys, predators) live together, work together and live in Zooptopia harmony.

I won't give away the movie but here are my quick takeaways from my screening: 

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Try everything.

Follow your dreams. Don't give up.

1. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

It's easy to assume things about someone by what they wear, the kind of work they do, and maybe where they live. You can't know someone's story until you turn the pages to get more details about their life events that may have shaped who they are today. It's easy to hide behind a stereotype given to you but it takes courage to show someone that it's not true AND that there is so much more.

With this lesson also comes the need to be tolerant and acceptance of people who may look and act different from you. In Zooptopia, Judy Hopps (rabbit) and Nick Wilde (fox) are two unlikely partners that have to work together to solve a crime. These two characters have to get past the stereotypes associated with their species in order to save Zootopia from a villain.

2. TRY EVERYTHING

Why be content with having vanilla ice cream all the time? There are so many flavors out there to try. You have to try every flavor and decide for yourself if you like it or not. Making choices might mean some risks but you have take some in order to grow, learn, and build upon who you are. Life experiences can be enhanced if you just "try."

3. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. DON'T GIVE UP

There is nothing wrong in having a big dream. If you are passionate about your dream, than take steps to make them come true. That may mean going to school to learn your craft, getting some training, and having a mentor. Don't let things like your physical size, your living circumstances, or your gender (in Zooptopia's case it is species) stop you. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something that you really want with all your heart. Finally, don't let anyone tell you that "can't" (consider it a four letter word).

"You can do anything you want." - Judy Hopps

Zootopia is the 55th Disney animated feature film. You'll recognize some familiar voices in the large cast of new Disney characters. The animation is fabulous. I had to remind myself that it was all 3D computer animation. The story moves at a good pace. My teenage daughter and I both stated that we noted some social commentary in the Zooptopia world. If you are familiar with The Godfather, there is a scene and character that will make you laugh. Kids won't get but you will. 

Just go see it. You'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Happy Friday!

-Daisy