This week, Disney’s critically acclaimed “Zootopia” made history by crossing the billion-dollar mark at the box office, the third animated film to ever break the mark (behind “Frozen” and “Minions”) and the second original movie to do so (behind “Avatar”). Now that the film has hit DVD and streaming, the folks at Honest Trailers turned their attention to “Zootopia,” a place with “12 unique ecosystems and one generic pop song.”
As is usually the case, this Honest Trailer points out the obvious questions “Zootopia” may raise: Why no one in the movie has genitals, why everybody’s name is an animal pun and whether or not “The Lion King” and “Jungle Book” would qualify as documentaries in this world.
Yet they also dig into what the film is trying to do under its surface and makes some bold claims. For a film about breaking down racial boundaries, why is there a stereotypical Italian mob boss? Or a fox who is sneaky? Or weasels who do cheat? Where does the film draw the line between its thematic wrestling with tokenism, sexism and affirmative action and mining humor out of a dumb Southerner? Are we racist for assuming the innate qualities in these animals? In the words of the Honest Trailer, “this movie is such a minefield.”
Watch the full Honest Trailer for yourself below: