Firstly the LEAD character of this film: Judy Hopps. A rabbit who is told by not only her parents, but her peers and the animals that bully her, that she cannot be a police officer. Rabbits are not police material, but this does not stop Judy. She keeps pushing forward in training and finally begins her dream of being a police officer in Zootopia. As you can guess, being a Disney film, Judy is pretty darn good at her job in the end too.
Also Judy is a girl, which is only inferred really by the voice actress (the amazing Ginnifer Goodwin). Yet she isn't a 'female character', but a character who HAPPENS to be female. And not once are we told that this character should be defined by her gender.
The other thing I absolutely loved about this film was the song by Shakira called 'Try Everything' that features throughout and at the end.
Here are some of the lyrics:
I wanna try even though I could failIt's so catchy I promise. But imagine these words being sang (BY SHAKIRA!) while you watch a character who has been pushed down by bullies, sheltered by her parents and has had only herself believing in her finally pushing forward with her dream.
I won't give up, no I won't give in
Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
It's the film I wish I had as a child. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Princess stuff I grew up on but after growing up it is hard to find many positive representations in them, especially role model material.
I could rant about how this film is a metaphor for racism and go a lot further into how it is a positive representation of gender (I mean not ONCE is it mentioned that Judy is a girl), but:
1) I sadly do not have the time and 2) There are already lots of fantastic, well-written articles online.
Zootopia/Zootropolis is out in the UK 25th March.