In the World But Not of the World

A Movie Review on “Zootopia” (The Promoting of  Man’s Idea of Perfection Packaged in Cuteness)

The Movie’s Basic Theme: You can be what you want to be no matter your biological make-up.

When one watches Zootopia, one first has to ask oneself: Was this movie written for animals to watch? This will be one of the most important questions to keep in mind as one views this film. The answer to the above question is obviously “no”. Here are a few reasons behind this answer: 1) animals cannot understand movies, 2) animals do not have a desire to be other than what they are, and 3) because animals do not have a desire to be what they are not, animals do not set out to be something they are not.

The next question that needs to be asked then is: To whom is the movie, Zootopia, directed? We would have to say this movie is directed toward humans. That is the obvious answer. But then we have to recognize that there are all kinds of humans. There are the young, and the middle aged and the old. There are men and women and boys and girls. There are those who hold to standards of others (whether of their religion, their family, and/or their peers) and those who hold to standards determined of themselves. Now when we ask to whom is this movie directed, it gets a bit tricky to answer. But, keep in mind, that although ALL the characters in the movie are animals, the movie IS directed toward humans.

One clue as to which segment of the human race this movie is directed can be found in the first scene. There is a play being put on by young animal children in which the “old way” of predator vs. prey is denounced as evil, old-fashioned, and unenlightened. One has to ask oneself, if this play is not directed towards animals, as we have determined in our first paragraph, then to whom is this predator vs. prey message directed? Well, we can say at this point, the targeted human segment is children. Writers understand the power of children teaching children. But, because there is at least one set of animal parents in the audience who is often shown reacting to the play, we can say that this movie is also being directed to the older generation. This statement plays out as the movie unfolds, and we discover that these parents are portrayed as being stuck in old ways of thinking but are willing to change.

The next clue regarding to whom this movie is directed is revealed, again in the first scene, through a young animal character coming on stage with a rainbow on its head. This animal makes a speech regarding how it has changed and has seen the light in terms of how it was wrong in the past in terms of its view of others. Why a rainbow on this animal’s head? To whom is this rainbow motif directed? Again, animals don’t recognize what a rainbow is, but humans do. What message does the movie writer want to give to the humans watching their film? The rainbow motif has been garnered by the homosexual movement to mean that all people (really meaning all people like themselves) should be accepted. The scene is relatively brief, but pointed.

We can now further answer the question: To whom this movie is directed? This movie is directed toward those whom the homosexual community and its supporters believe need to be taught this lesson: that being what you want to be, even though you are not born that way, is possible and good. The teaching in this Homosexuality 101 movie is for children and anyone else who needs to be enlightened.

The rest of the movie brings forth this lesson through various scenes and conversations. For example, there is a scene meant to be heart-wrenching as we witness the treatment of a predator who works at the front lobby desk of the police department.  He  is now considered evil (And we should note that his character is a male tiger who seems to have a mixture of feminine and male characteristics in its behavior.) and is therefore removed from its job at the front information desk because it would look bad to have him be the “first thing people (animals) see” when they walk in.

An interesting fact about this movie is that in its promotion of homosexuality, there is no “de-moting” of marriage between heterosexuals. There is a prominent scene in the movie where a girl animal marries a boy animal. Should we breathe a sigh of relief and applaud this movie now because they have not made negative references toward heterosexual unions? Be careful here. The supposed message of the homosexual movement is that everyone should be accepted, no matter their “choices” in partners. This Homosexuality 101 movie is very thorough in covering its subject.

Though the promoting of the acceptance of the sin of homosexuality is obvious in the movie, there is a deeper message being flaunted: all moral mores must be challenged and embraced. In other words, “Try Anything” as the title of the main song of the movie states.

This message is taught in the animal “nudist” colony scene. In this scene, the main character – a female rabbit who has always dreamed of being a police officer – walks through an “animal nudist” colony in order to find a witness. Again, we need to remember the question: To whom is this movie directed? To animals? No, to humans. That being the case, then I will leave you to answer why the story writers have the witness – a female elephant in the “nudist” colony who is doing yoga – spread her legs in full view of the other characters (and the humans watching this film), and also bends over in front of the main characters, showing her hinder parts, and furthermore, twist herself into various positions where her “private parts” would be on display. Cute, right? She is just an animal. But, what is the picture that this “nude” female elephant is painting? Definitely, if animals cared about such displays, this picture of “nudity” would be meant for the arousal or at least the embarrassment of the observing animals. But again, we have to keep in mind that animals do not watch movies nor care to, and that this movie is directed toward humans. What pictures do these “nude” female elephant moves bring to the mind of humans? What is the message of this scene toward humans? I won’t answer the first question, but I will answer the second. Actually, the main characters of the movie, give us the answer. Though the rabbit is embarrassed at first to head into this “nudist” animal colony, the other main character, a male fox, challenges her on her reaction. The rabbit, answering to the call of duty and being challenged in her own belief that anybody can be who they want, drops her inhibitions and her own lingering prejudices and willingly subjects herself to viewing this “naked” limber elephant.

There is one main problem with this movie – this problem being the norm for humans in the history of this world – but looming larger and larger in 2016. It is the tearing down of what is Holy and Good as determined by God in His Word, the Bible. It is calling evil good. This movie is a candy-colored reflection of the many evils being called good as taught and pushed in schools, corporations, churches, and by our own government.

Here is God’s message, as found in His Word, to all people. Sin reaps real consequences. We can be deceived in ourselves regarding God’s view of sin. We can be forgiven for our sins and washed from them, and sanctified (grow in our obedience to God).

Since our first rebellion against God in the garden (See the book of Genesis.), we have sought to go our own way – the way of utopia. That way always ends in misery and eternal destruction. Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. Go to Jesus and His Word to see what true freedom is – freedom from the bondage, guilt and eternal consequences of sin.

1 Corin. 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Movie Review on Zootopia


4 thoughts on “Movie Review on Zootopia

  1. Janice Marian Romsa says:

    Very good, Mary. So true, so true. The “evil” forces out there find subtle ways in which to go around what God’s word tells us as far as behavior, living holy, honoring God and following His command to be holy.

    And this is just a movie about animals–and yet it is definitely a textbook presentation about “live as you want, no matter what that is” – oh my.


    Love, Jan



  2. Sandy Dunham says:

    So well said, Mary, as well as also being very insightful, clear and Biblical. I want to share your blog with the ladies in my Ohio church!!


  3. Hi Sandy!! Thank you for your comment and for reading my blog!! I am so encouraged!! It would be such a blessing to me to have the ladies in your Ohio church be blessed by my blog! It would be further answers to prayers! Love, Mary


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