Predators and prey live in harmony in Zootopia where
anybody can become anything.
Little bunny Judy wants to be a cop and do good for
the world. But there’s never been a bunny cop. “So I’ll be the first,” she
chirps and goes off to prove herself. Her worried parents send her off, warning
her to beware of predators like foxes.
Full of beans and determination, Judy does splendidly
at the police academy but her enthusiasm is dampened when Chief Bogo assigns
her to Parking Duty. There’s an important case of 14 missing mammals, all
predators, but Bogo says, a bunny cop isn’t going to solve that one.
Judy’s sincere even as a meter maid and meets Nick, a
wily fox, along the way. Her luck turns when she finally gets to crack the case
of the missing animals along with Nick, and finds that they’ve all turned into
The big case solved, Judy’s the heroine of the day but
she makes her one major blunder before the media. She mouths an old prejudice
that the missing predators had turned wild because it’s in their DNA. Nick the
fox is devastated that she thinks all predators are biologically vicious.
Judy herself is heartbroken when she finds that
instead of doing good, she has divided society. Society should be celebrating differences, not
fearing one another. But look at what she’s done. Kind and friendly predators too
are being shunned by the rest of the animal kingdom. Until the well-meaning Judy
discovers why some predators were turning vicious.
Zootopia is a
lovely warm film because if you substitute the animals with people, what comes
through is the injustice of racial profiling. Substitute whichever community or
gender you want as the predators and the rest as their meek prey. But it’s not
in any group’s DNA to be vicious. It’s power politics that turns some of them into
Written and directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and
Jared Bush, Zootopia is told with
the merriment and lilt that’s expected of a well-made animation film.
My only grouse is that when such a film requires 3D
glasses, it should be shorter in its running time.
But Disney’s animation skills bring alive the animals,
making them all cute and cuddly.
For a film that’s huggable and healthy, Zootopia gets a 3.5* rating.
Reviewed bySenior Journalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan