Zootopia Wins Academy Award For Best Animated Feature

Disney’s witty and relevant “Zootopia,” the box-office smash tale of a rural rabbit and a big-city fox who team up to investigate a string of animal disappearances, won the Oscar for best animated feature on Sunday.

A Walt Disney Company-produced animated feature has won the animated feature Academy Award for nine out of the last ten years.

The Disney animated film Zootopia outlines the life of Judy Hopps, a bunny, who struggles to work her way up to becoming a police officer in a city run by animals.

Under a facade of light, immature humour, Zootopia talks of the deeper meaning of diversity. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, the film became an instant favourite among all age groups.

“We got this idea about five and a half, six years ago to talk about bias with talking animals,” the film’s co-director Byron Howard said following the win, adding that using animals prevented audiences from pre-judging the characters.

“Aesop knew this hundreds of years ago and it was something that animation is very uniquely equipped to do,” Howard said. “We were surprised by how timely the film became as the world sort of blew up.”

Co-director Rich Moore said he’s grateful to audiences for embracing a “story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other.”

Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice president of distribution, has said that “Zootopia” is the latest in a “renaissance” for the Disney Animation group, including “Tangled,” ”Frozen,” ”Big Hero 6″ and “Wreck-It Ralph.”

“There is consistency at a really high level of delivering great stories, amazing worlds and characters who people can relate to,” Hollis said, noting that “Zootopia” was a true all-audience film.

The film features the voices of most of Hollywood’s renowned names like Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Tommy Chong, J. K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Shakira.
What changed their mind was the sudden change in the society that they witnessed with Donald Trump’s rise to power. As Trump gained more power, director Howard felt the need to tackle the Trump problem. He then created Zootopia with that message.

Howard said that Trump’s Presidency “is what [the film’s] entire third act is about, our villain is using fear to stoke division.”

Donald Trump’s stand on immigrants has always been clear but never before were they as transparent when he issued the immigration ban.

With such a subtle and brave jibe against the President of the United States, the film became an instant hit, receiving 98 percent ratings from critics. The film was also a huge commercial success, collecting over one billion dollars across the world.