Zootopia

My school has been on a short break for some days now. This has allowed me to have time for some things I did not have time for while in school; like watching movies, reading stories online and many other things.

The first movie I watched immediately I got home was one of Disney’s latest animation: Zootopia. You would not be wrong if you said I am obsessed with this movie. I actually am…for all the good reasons.

Officer Judy Hopps
Officer Judy Hopps

In this post, I will be sharing some of the lessons I learnt from the movie and why I am so obsessed with it. But before that, let me just give you a quick summary of the movie.

It’s about an ambitious bunny named Judy Hopps who wants to become a police officer. Giving the fact that she is a Bunny, this is a weird dream. Bunnies don’t go into such professions. They are mostly carrot farmers. As a result, Judy’s parents, Stu and Bonnie are scared for their daughter who wants to become a police officer and will be going to Zootopia, a wild big city with predators to start work. They try to convince her into becoming a farmer but she refuses. After graduating from the Police Academy as the best student in her set, she moves to Zootopia where she is underestimated and treated unfairly because she is a bunny. (Most police officers are bigger animals: lions, cheetahs, rhinos etc.) In the end, Judy, with the help of Nick, her friend, ends up cracking a disappearance case that has been a mystery to the Zootopia Police Department for weeks.

Okay. I’ll stop there. Now to the lessons.

#1.  Stu Hopps: It’s great to have dreams.

     Bonnie Hopps: Yea, just as long as you don’t believe in them too much.

Lesson: Parents are not always right.

Yes. You read that correctly. While trying to convince their daughter to become a farmer instead of a cop, Bonnie, Judy’s father, declares that it’s great to have dreams just as long as you just believe in them too much. Now, I have always believed that our parents are not always right. But whenever I voice this belief, I am taken as a disobedient child who lacks moral. This of course is not true. Here is Judy’s dad telling her not to believe too much in her dreams. Now you may say that that is just a movie but it is more than that. There are real dads out there who are just like Bonnie. It is not that these dads are inherently bad. Just like Bonnie, they are just victims of fear. They think their children’s dreams are too wild, too unimaginable, too big,  to be safe.

Parents are humans. They are not gods. They make mistakes. They are NOT ALWAYS right. If you have ever heard anywhere that you should ALWAYS obey your parents REGARDLESS of what they say, please strike that out of your head. Test all things and pick only that which is fruitful. If your your parents are offering you advice that will not make you progress, that will not help you achieve your dreams instead will make you stay in the safe closet where no impact can be made, please feel free to disobey. Try as much as possible to explain things to them, just like Judy did and go your way. If Judy had believed that parents are always right, perhaps she would have ended up being a carrot farmer. Be wise, please.

#2. Judy: It may be impossible to small minds…

Lesson: Small minds can’t dream big dreams.

When Judy announces to the world during a stage play that she wants to become a cop, a fox mocks her saying it is the ‘most stupidest’ thing he has ever heard. Then Judy tells him her dream may seem unachievable to small minds. This is a fact. Not everybody will understand you dream. Not everybody will believe in your dream. Intact, most people won’t simply because most people have small minds. YOU have to believe in your dream. Once you do, that is all you need. It matters not if the world laughs at you and your silly dream. It matters not if your parents think you are only going to bring shame to them by not following the usual custom. It matters not if your teachers call you a dumb bunny. Once you can dream it, you can achieve it! Go for it!

And if you are one of the small minded guys, may I quickly let you know that you can’t go far? If you don’t develop a big mind, you won’t dream big dreams. Other people’s dreams will seem silly to you. And if you don’t dream big dreams, then you can’t be big. Simple as ABC.

#3. Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true.

Lesson: Dreams don’t achieve themselves.

Chief Bogo is one of the tough guys in the movie who doesn’t seem amused by Judy and doesn’t believe she can be a real cop. However, this quote from him is true and beautiful. Rome was not built in a day. It was not even built in a year. Becoming great in life requires time, hardwork and a strong heart. Judy had to go through a lot to become what she wanted to become. Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your ‘insipid’ dreams magically come true. The only magic that works in life is hardwork. So, get to work!

I’ll end with this:

“When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means―hey, glass half full!―we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of person you are, from the biggest elephant to our first fox, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.”

 – Judy Hopps, Zootopia.

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