Fresh Eyes on Zootopia: A Ramble
Today I had some of my coworkers over for a movie night and we
watched Zootopia. For me, it was about umpteenth viewing, but for most
of them it was the first time.
absolutely loved watching their reactions to some of my favorite
scenes. Everyone lost it at the DMV segment. One of my friends literally
dropped to the floor when Clawhauser got embarrassed about calling Judy
cute. The bridge scene… well, you know :’)
What I loved most of all was that even my friends who aren’t big into Disney or animation in general really liked the movie. They understood immediately why I had been going on and on about it all week before our planned movie night arrived. The humor, the attention to detail, the emotional and thematic depth, all combine to make Zootopia the masterpiece it is, and everyone seemed to get something great out of it.
For my part, I was thrilled to see good friends bring a fresh set of eyes what has quickly become my favorite movie. Every time I watch Zootopia, I notice a detail I missed my previous times around. Watching it with others, I got to see them bring a few such details to my attention (e.g. - one of my coworkers, a fellow doctor, noticed some brain imaging on the screens at Cliffside, which I never even paid attention to). Even more importantly, everyone’s emotional response to different parts of the movie was different and great to see. Everyone’s backgrounds are different, which made everyone empathize with a different aspect of Nick and Judy’s story, and even allowed them all take something different away from the same scene.
And that’s what a good story does. It
shows you something deep and powerful which can speak to everyone in a
slightly different way while still keeping the same basic message.
off, seeing Zootopia again in this way made me understand exactly why
this is the most amazing and welcoming fandom I’ve ever been a part of: Because acceptance and understanding are what the movie is about! So of course
this fandom is filled with people who value those qualities! Everyone
who loves this movie loves it because (beyond a multitude of other
reasons) they recognize and agree with its message, that the world will
be a better place if we all try, just try, to understand one another. If we just try to make it better.
So that’s it, that’s my ramble. And a “short” summary of why I love Zootopia and its fandom so much. Thank you all for making this an amazing place to spend some of my free time. I love you all :)
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Hugs to all of you and everyone else I forgot to tag!