This is my review (and theorizations) for the animated film, ‘Zootopia’.
As a life long fan of Japanese Animated films, favoring such titles as ‘Fist of the North Star’ and ‘Vampire Hunter D’, I appreciate the less violent and more antiseptic stories that American film makers have presented over the years.
From such films as ‘Fern Gully’ and ‘Hoodwinked’, to more creative and witty films like ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and ‘Finding Nemo’. So this film, ‘Zootopia’ really captured my attention and made me laugh, think, and theorize.
First let me say this film is brilliantly coded with specific symbolism. For instance, there’s a character resembling a sheep who is suggested to have an intimate relationship with a lion. How can this be interpreted? Go back to the biblical text of Revelation:
“In the last days, the lion shall lay down with the lamb.”
Or how about the whole idea of a “Bunny” being interested as a female?
The mention of Predators being turned into “savages” with a plant, plant symbolizing marijuana? And of course the most obvious was the frequently referred “multiple” rabbits joke. If you’ve ever heard the crass expression “Screw like rabbits.” as to say they have so much sex, that they make dozens of rabbits.
This is just me drawing conclusions for the practice of it but in all actuality, writers often encode things into their writing. One instance that stood out to me was the line that the lead character gave, “We Bunnies don’t mind calling each other ‘cute’ but it’s kind of offensive when someone else does it.”
That line made me think of blacks calling themselves a specific racial epithet without remorse, but will take great offense when called that same epithet by any other ethnicity.
Aside from all of those theories and drawn conclusions, the film was very entertaining, very well written, and authentically animated with those terrific facial expressions and movements.
I give it a 10 out of 10