So I have just got back from the cinema from seeing Zootropolis and so I naturally had to write another post in this series. What Disney's Taught Me aims to show the awesome messages Disney teaches us, as sometimes it can get a bad rep for teaching unrealistic messages. However a lot of the time I see good messages and I want to spread them!
The message introduced immediately is that we can be anything we want to be. Judy Hopps is a bunny rabbit and she wants to become a police officer. Even her own family don't believe she can do it- bunnies just aren't police officers. And yet, with hard work and determination, Judy becomes a police officer and she's so delightfully happy. And ready. Disney shows us that it is often up to us whether we can do something- and we can jump over any hurdles society/people create for us.
The first day of being a police officer brings some struggles for Judy. She's not taken seriously and she so wants to succeed and make a difference to the world. She is super sad when she gets back to her room but her feisty attitude works wonderfully and she keeps trying. Disney teaches us to try harder and then try harder. I definitely want to apply this to my life!
Zootropolis, in abundance, teaches us that expectations aren't always right and that some of them shouldn't exist in the first place. And the same goes for stereotypes. Judy can and does become and amazing police officer, of course. But that's not it. Judy herself fears foxes and even makes a statement to say they all just might be predators. And she's wrong- she stereotypes and almost loses a friend over it. And then, of course, there are Judy the bunny and Nick the fox. Unlikely friends, and wrongly so.
Finally, people mess up sometimes. Judy warns Zootropolis of the "threat" of foxes. It's biological- they just are predators. She soon realises how wrong she is. She messed up but Nick forgives her. Because she realises her prejudice. Her small-mindedness. She's really wrong but she realises her mistake pretty quickly and she makes up for it too. It teaches us to be tolerant and not to jump to conclusions. To not be ignorant.
Bunnies & Foxes,
The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. I'm (trying) to blog every day of this month and you can read my last post HERE!