Zootopia: Where animals and audiences go wild


graphic by Sylvia Nelson

Nelson experiments with the Dancing with Gazelle app.

On March 4, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ released Zootopia. On a scale from Lion King (highest), to Wall-E (lowest),  Zootopia is closer to Lion King, but doesn’t quite “the king” status. The songs are catchy, and the plot is great.

The movie has singing and dancing, with a million funny stereotypes. Rabbits can only be vegetable farmers; foxes are cunning and can not be trusted; and only the strong can have jobs for protecting the community. The moral of Zootopia is that discrimination can affect anybody, and there are victims on both sides.

Zootopia is set in a metropolis, where the inhabitants are predators and prey who live in harmony together–until a darker side is revealed. 

Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, is the first rabbit on police force. While on the job, she is manipulated by a fox named Nick Wilde, who is voiced by Jason Bateman. Determined to prove herself to her boss and the police force, Hopps partners up with Wilde, and they begin looking for a missing otter and other animals.

The animation for Zootopia is stunning. Each animals looks like amazing and up-close all the animals look alive.

During the movie, there are many different Disney references. The first one is a weasel selling bootleg movies. On the table there are movies like Pig Hero 6, Wrangled, and Wreck-It Rhino. Also on the table are future movies coming soon, like Meowana, Giraffic, and Floatzen 2. Another Disney references is on Judy’s iPod, she listens to a song called “Let it Goat.” If you love Disney, here are more references.

The most memorable moment in the movie is at the end. Gazelle, voiced by Shakira, gives a concert that shows all the animals coming together without discrimination. The song is really catchy.

There is an app that lets you put your face on an animal and dance with Gazelle. You can download your video here.