Life Lessons That Zootopia Taught Us

Abigail, aka Gail, and I are known to go see movies on $5 Tuesday nights at our local Cinemark Theater. Last week we went to see Zootopia and to many people it may have been just another animated movie, but it was so much more than that. Sure maybe its supposed to be a kids movie but I don’t give a flying rat’s butt because it was great. This movie just a shit show of stereotypes and social issues and I love it because they bring it to people’s attention in such a great manner. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, just an FYI there might be spoilers in this post.

The underlying plot of the movie is about a rabbit that wanted to become a police officer but the social norm for their world is that predators, such as tigers and cheetahs, become officers. Prey animals, such as rabbits, like Judy Hopps.  Why are predators only cops? Because they are supposed to be the image of the big macho guys that we think of as a police officer. We fear police officers like prey animals fear their predator. I have picked out some of the best underlying lessons that Zootopia teaches kids so lets get right to it. Continue reading


“I Love Horses” Phase

The hearts of children are stolen by the infamous Disney horses every time they watch Disney movies. We all know everyone wanted Pegasus to be their best friend when they were younger. Don’t lie, because who wouldn’t want a high five and head-butt giving horse with wings? Not to mention that blue mane and tail is always a conversation starter.


Hercules – Walt Disney Pictures

Can we talk about Maximus for a second? That horse is every girl’s dream horse. He is always there to protect his princess whenever needed. Maximus is a sweet boy with a touch of an edge. When I was younger I had my trusty steed to keep me safe from the danger around me. He was my Maximus but he was also my Pegasus because he gave me the wings to soar and loved to play in the field. However, I didn’t start in the “I love horses” phase. The phase took time to latch on and when it finally hit me, it stuck with me for a while.


Tangled – Walt Disney Animation

Parents probably hope from the time their kids are born to the time they hit three years old that they will not develop a love for horses because the love for horses turns into a long, expensive road ahead of them. Not to mention, the parents probably are already scared of college expenses. Horses are expensive and there is no doubt about it. A 1100lbs. animal sure does cost a lot. Anyone that had a 4-H animal knows those darn charts we had to fill out every year that was a full record of turnout days, ride time, work hours, how much feed, salt intake, etc. per month. I copied the same chart from my 2008 project book until the last one I did in 2013. I COPIED THE SAME THING FOR SIX YEARS! (Oops. I’m not that sorry to be honest!) If anyone thinks I am going no where with this; just keep reading because my point is coming — trust me.

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