This year, Hollywood’s biggest night had a few surprises, to say the least. Of course, the most notable was the winner of the Best Picture award being incorrectly announced. Yet while the internet is buzzing over that Oscar blunder, we’re excited for the least surprising of all news that came out of last night.
Zootopia, Disney’s high-action adventure, won Best Animated Feature Film this year. It contended against big titles including Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini, and even Disney’s other contender, Moana. Still, Judy Hopps’ story bounced above the rest and brought home the sought-after gold.
Zootopia had quite a few powerful elements that landed them this award. A powerful original soundtrack, dynamic cast, and of course, beautiful animation. But one thing made Zootopia stand above the rest was the story.
The team that was behind such Disney legends as Mulan, Pocahontas, and Lilo & Stitch has a history of integrating powerful messages into a mainstream tale. If you’ve seen Zootopia, you know that it’s no exception. It has a powerful “anti-hate” and “anti-discrimination” message as prey and predator species try to get along in the world. Judy Hopps, a meager but eager bunny, and the ever sly fox Nick Wylde have to work together to discover the truth about a city-wide conspiracy. During the process, they learn to accept their differences and see each other as equals.
Younger viewers experience new characters have fun and save the day. For any adult who watches this film, however, they can see the morale of the story quite clearly. Disney emphasizes the power and importance of diversity and unity in many of their films, but few are as “on the nose” (or on the snout?) as Zootopia. Many film critics are already attributing this positive message to Zootopia’s success.
Disney is no stranger to awards. They have won Oscars for a variety of films, ranging from Mary Poppins to Up. We’re thrilled to see Zootopia win the acclaimed award for not only providing the highest caliber of entertainment but doing what stories do best, promoting a better world.