We saw Zootopia as part of our Fandango Family Ambassadorship over the past year. I was compensated for my participation however all opinions are my own and have seen the movie multiple times already on my own! So, is Zootopia Family Friendly?
Is Zootopia Family Friendly?
Zootopia hit theaters on Friday. March 4th and we’ve had plans to see it as a family for months! Thanks to Fandango, we were able to buy our tickets online for a local theater that has reserved seating. I love it because we don’t have to worry about finding seats together! That’s super important when we take both kids!
- Movie: Zootopia, rated PG, running time 1 hour, 48 minutes
- Moviegoers: Mariah (36), Justin (34), Grambo (63), Weston (4), Carrigan (2)
- Our Family Faves: Frozen and The Peanuts Movie
- Our Fave Movies for Grown-Ups: Project X (Mariah), Nightmare on Elm Street (Justin), Beaches (Grambo)
- What’s the story: Zootopia follows a young bunny named Judy Hopps who has a dream to be the first bunny on the Zootopia police force. Through hard work and determination she makes the squad. Not happy with her job assignment on the force, she takes on her very first case under a bit of pressure. That pressure leads her to team up with a scam artist named Nick Wilde. Imagine the conflict there! Oh, and he happens to be a fox! Can a bunny and a fox work together? Can a police officer and criminal work together?
- What parents may like about this movie: The script is fantastic. It’s smart and filled with humor that is okay for kids (though they may not get it) and perfect for adults. Parents will also love the message that you can be anything you want to be. It’s a great message for all of us. The handling of some serious cultural issues is done well and in way that we can all relate to. This movie can definitely be used as a teaching tool with your kids.
- What kids will like: The world of Zootopia is amazing. It’s full of interesting animals, gorgeous colors, and silliness that the kids can enjoy.
- Positive themes: The message of this movie is one big positive theme. Anyone can be anything they want to be. The story does show that while things may not always go as planned, you really can become what you want. Disney address issues like racism and stereotypes in a way that allows the whole family to understand on their own level.
The Bottom Line
- Violence/scare factor: 2-3/5, As a mom I didn’t think that the film was that scary. There is one jump moment when Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde have found some savage animals. But my kids (ages 2 and 5) found a few more parts to be scary. Weston thought the opening scene was scary, as well as a scene from Judy’s childhood with a fox and when the characters are being chased through the Rainforest later in the film. Justin commented that he thought it was one of the most violent Disney films he’s seen but a different type of violence than we think of these days. It’s an animal instinct and behavior kind of violence that has to do with the savage animals featured in the story.
- Sex/Romance: 0/5, The movie focuses on the relationship between Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde but it’s not romantic. The closest we get are Mr. & Mrs. Hopps and ALL those bunny children!
- Bad language: 1/5, I didn’t consider there to be any bad language in the movie, but Weston had a few thoughts. He pointed out that some characters said “Shut up!” a few times which is something we encourage him not to say. He also didn’t like the part where a character tells Judy Hopps that her mom wishes Judy was dead. So from the 5-year-old perspective there were some things said that maybe shouldn’t have been!
The kids loved all of the animals in the movie. They’d been hooked on the commercials for weeks. So it was fun to see them get to experience the entire world of Zootopia. It was my second time seeing the movie and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. I noticed different things than I had the first time and laughed just as much!
For an idea on how the timing went for us and this movie, our showing was scheduled to start at 11:00 am and we sat down in our seats at about 10:52 because we had reserved seating. The previews started by 11:02. After seeing a number of great previews, the movie finally started at 11:14 so we’d been sitting in the theater for 22 minutes already.
About 40 minutes in to the movie, Weston started to get antsy and five minutes later he wanted to get up and walk around but the sloth scene recaptured his attention. After that he was good for the rest of the movie!