I love cartoon movies. I think they’re cute and humorous, but have life lessons undertones. The most recent cartoon film I watched and am watching as we speak is Zootopia. It’s about a bunny named Judy Hopps that grows up and becomes a cop. In the city of Zootopia predators are attacking other animals, and Judy teams up with a con artist fox to figure out why. Although the movie is entertaining, it’s chalk full of lessons for anyone at any age:
- Try and Persevere. Despite her obstacles and everyone (even her parents) believing that a rabbit couldn’t be a cop that didn’t stop Judy. Being a police was Judy’s dream ever since she was a young bunny, and throughout her trials, tribulations and doubts, Judy continued pursuing her dream and became the first bunny police officer. Only by trying (any and everything even if things doesn’t go the way we want) we discover our potential, who we are and are not; what we like and dislike; what works for us, what doesn’t and what can be done differently.
- Acceptance. In Zootopia, there are many predators and non-predatory animals living together, but there were some that are looked down upon. Among this group includes Hopps, because she’s small and the first rabbit cop. Then there’s Nick Wilde, a fox who’s automatically perceived and treated as a criminal, because of fox’s mischievous nature. Throughout the movie, we see this paradigm shift from judgmental and intolerant to accepting. The human world is the same where we have preconceived notions about a person or certain group of people and behave differently towards them. When we learn to accept others, we accept ourselves. Accepting a person or people who is different from us doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything about them, but to respect each other, which is essential for human interaction and connection.
- Forgiveness. It’s amazing to see how fundamental forgiveness is for us to move forward. At some point in the movie, Hopps and Nick look down at each other, because of the stereotypes they’re subjected to, due to past encounters. Holding grudges and dusting things under the rug helps no one, especially yourself! Forgiveness frees you from the negative energy pent inside of you. It doesn’t mean you like what happened, but it means letting go of the resentment, anger, hurt, disappointment, etc. that was developed and carried afterwards. We all deserve to be forgiven (that includes forgiving ourselves), so let go and forgive whatever it is that’s being held onto. We owe it to ourselves.
- Don’t assume. Judy thought she had it all figured out when she believed night howlers were connected to wolves, because of words, such as “night” and “howling.” Who would’ve thought they actually happened to be the flowers that caused the predators to go rogue. Keep an open mind about a person or situation and go beyond the surface of things, because what you think is true might not be.
I highly recommend watching Zootopia for a family movie night or even by yourself. Let me know what you think and the lessons you get from it.