It’s hard to find too many faults with Disney’s “Zootopia,” the acclaimed and massively successful animated film about a bunny cop and a con man fox who team up to solve a mystery. Of course, that didn’t stop Screen Junkies from giving it the Honest Trailers treatment and poking fun at the movie’s treatment of stereotypes, racism, sexism and token-ism, all while barely hiding their delight with the film.
The satire is on full display, but there isn’t much teeth to their bite when tackling the PG-animated adventure that grossed $1 billion globally at the box-office. While the narrator jokes about how the setting is modeled after a world devoid of humans (possibly for the better), the harshest critiques centers not on the film’s inclusion of mature topics, but on its details: how these topics translate to character names, character personalities and a lack of… genitals.
“Pixney, I mean, Disnar,” the narrator jokes, calling attention to how Pixar-like Disney Animation’s style has become on CG movies, perhaps due to Pixar co-founder John Lasseter’s now-dual role as Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
While the trailer rejoices in the diversity of animated characters on-screen, including Judy Hopps, “cinema’s only likable meter-maid,” the trailer does point out that maybe Disney’s creative teams didn’t put as much effort into the naming of and characterization of these characters.
“Zootopia” is out now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.
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