Beautiful Messages Within Zootopia
In Zootopia, we get to know Judy Hopps, an adorable bunny who wants to become a police officer. She faces criticism when everyone tells her to give up on her dream because she is too small.
She goes on a wild adventure to prove everyone wrong and becomes the first bunny in the Zootopia Police Department. There are so many good points within the movie that reflect on Christian and moral values, that we don’t know where to begin!
1. Letting go of your judgmental self.
It is easy to let our minds be afraid of the unknown. Just know that as easily it is to judge someone else, you too can be judged. And, being judged without being fully understood isn’t a nice thing to do.
In Zootopia, a member of the predator population attacks an animal of prey leading to the rest of the predators to be ostracized and judged.
Eventually, protests break out. There was even a scene where a lovable cheetah loses his job only because he is seen as nothing more than a predator. It’s not hard to see the parallels between the discrimination in Zootopia and what we see in our society.
2. Stereotypes hurt.
In the movie, Judy the bunny is stereotyped but she also is quick to put a label on others. The movie cleverly shows how stereotypes can harm both the person that is being stereotyped and the one who does the stereotyping.
3. We can overcome labels put on us by society.
The main drama in Zootopia deals with the fight against labels and stereotyping. The movie is able to convey how some group of individuals sometimes have to work twice as hard to achieve the same as others.
Can people’s views on stereotypes change? According to the movie, yes. But it isn’t something simple. It requires much energy from everyone in order to be able to strip off some labels and be successful.
In the movie, it took the will of a handful of characters in order to take leadership and pave a way for a new way of life. Indeed change does not happen in an instant. It is a battle that decides whether we live in peace, or not. Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world because indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
Hope is something that no one will ever be able to take away from you. Hope is that feeling of a glimmer of joy in a sea full of muck. Indeed change stems from just an idea. That idea is hope in it’s purest form. Never doubt the power that you have can change the world.