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Zootopia — An All-Ages Animated Gem

Zootopia — An All-Ages Animated Gem

Jan 24, 2016

Sloths for employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles, a moose for a television news anchor, and hamsters walking to the office in suits – all expected sightings in Disney’s newest animated movie, Zootopia. In a city where all members of the animal kingdom drive cars, the citizens are somehow caught off guard when a bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is welcome to the police force. Rookie Sargent Judy Hopps (see what they did there?) finds herself in a police force of lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), facing the challenge of proving she is worthy of her badge. When serious crime strikes the peaceful metropolitan area, Hopps and a fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman) team up to save the city.

Disney is notorious for connecting viewers to the world around them by animating objects and animals into human-like situations. Finding Nemo (2003) tells a story about a single father clown fish who travels across the ocean in search of his son. Cars (2006) is an animated film about a living race car who learns about the important things in life. Any kid born in the 1980’s or 1990’s will likely admit to once believing that the inanimate objects filling their bedrooms would converse when humans left the room. Disney Pixar Animation Studio’s first movie, Toy Story (1995), may have been an inspiration for such wild thinking. While Disney adds a unique touch to each film, they continue to teach children life lessons of compassion and believing in yourself. Nostalgia of the Disney logo and style appeal to parents and older siblings, providing a good time for an all-ages audience through motion picture.

If a movie has the Disney logo attached to it, you can expect minimal restrictions from the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA). According to imdb.com, Zootopia is rated PG for “some thematic elements, rude humor and action”. In other words, the movie is perfectly safe for younger children, but may contain a couple silly jokes that have the potential to offend someone. Zootopia is expected to hit theaters on March 4, 2016.

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