The Stereotypes Of Zootopia And Modern Social Barriers

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Zootopia and Modern Social Barriers The name “Zootopia” itself is a metaphor—a combination of “zoo” and “utopia”, which represents Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. This implies America as a place where achieves an utopian racial integration. But the problems is, in nature foxes and bunnies are incompatible; lions, leopards and eagles are inborn predators; evolution is survival of the fittest, nature red in tooth and claw. If a bonny like Judy in Zootopia get close to a fox, understandably, it will be eaten. Even in a melting pot like Zootopia, obsession of hierarchy still exist. Prey class in Zootopia despise or afraid of predators. For example, when fox Nick tells Judy why he experienced bullying …show more content…
In social psychology, a stereotype is a thought that can be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things (McGarty; Yzerbyt and Vincent, 2002). Stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination are understood as related but different concepts (Enteman, 2003). It is an assumption about what people like—whether this thoughts or belief is right or wrong, may or may not accurately reflect reality. Stereotype is a cognitive processing methods and a human innate ability of analyzing informations more effectively. We seems to use stereotypes to describe everything, such as the rabbit eat carrots. So when Nick see blueberry in in Judy’s car, he feels so surprise. The difference of animal characteristics in Zootopia is also an example of stereotype. We believe foxes are sly and vicious; sheep are pure and docile; leopards are brave and masculine; polar bear are simple and honest; little hamster are cute and silly; sloth are lazy and dull…all the thoughts above are people’s judgement based on majority. Those positive judgments are also stereotype, while the negative judgements form prejudice. Gordon Allport first systematically explores the prejudice in his book The Nature of Prejudice. He mentions that the human mind must think with the aid of categories....Once formed, categories are the basis for normal prejudgment. We cannot possibly avoid this process. Orderly living depends upon it (1954). That is, our prejudice …show more content…
In recent years, almost all the leading characters in Disney films are female, such as Elsa, Ariel, Mulan and Cinderella. Disney tries to weaken the role of male characters in the story, emphasizing women’s force in society to be reckoned with. If analyzing Zootopia from a different angle, this movie could be a woman’s inspirational story—Judy breaks limits and achieves success due to her effort. Chief Bogo picks on Judy implies to the deep-rooted prejudices to woman in certain occupations, which again points out the stereotype in our real society. Besides, some other details in Zootopia also show the metaphors of gender concepts. For example, the leopard in the front desk appeals to the more flamboyant among other characters, which seems allude to the “ladies” in gay community, transsexuals or flamboyant drag queens. Also all the animals are naked in a Zootopia naturalist club and an argument between two male gorals indicate to their cohabiting relationships. Zootopia gives direct attitudes toward those details are: “in Zootopia anyone can be anything. These guys, they be naked” and “I love it”. This group of metaphors here imply the tolerance of LGBT

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