5 Facts About Disney’s Zootopia You Need To Know!

Hey Guys,

I did this once before with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, quite a while ago now, where I told you 5 facts that you may not have known about the movie (you can check that out here). It went down quite well, so I thought let’s do it again, but this time, for the movie that has taken 2016 by storm, Zootopia.

1) Disney Pays Homage To Frozen

Over the last few years, Frozen has become the biggest hit for Disney Pixar, making it a franchise people love and adore, so it only makes sense that Disney would want to honor its success in any way possible, and Zootopia is no exception.

Two Elephants dressed as Anna and Elsa make a quick cameo that you could very easily miss if you are not paying full attention.

Oh and did you know that Kristen Bell, the actress who voices Anna, plays a Sloth in this movie, which incidentally was inspired by an interview Bell had on the Ellen Show. Ellen helps everyone!

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2) Nick Wilde Was Originally The Protagonist

One of Zootopias directors, Byron Howard had the idea to have Nick as the protagonist rather than Judy, but changed it only a year before it was meant to be released. Apparently Judy’s personality made a better fit for her to become the main protagonist within the film rather than Nick.

If you take a close look at Nick throughout the movie, you will be able to see that he resembles Robin Hood, from the Disney classic, Robin Hood. Coincidence? I think not!

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3) Mufasa Is Back… Sort Of

Mayor Lionheart, the brave and almighty lion who looks over the proceedings of Zootopia, was inspired by the much loved Mufasa from the Lion King. I think it is safe to say, we will always love Mufasa more though.

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4) The Newscaster Changes

Did you know that dependent upon where you live in the world, the animal playing the newscaster will change? For example if you live in the US or Canada it will be a Moose, for the UK it is a Corgi, a Panda for China, a Koala for Australia, etc. Basically just the animals we automatically associate with these countries.

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5) Fancy A Bit Of Breaking Bad?

In the scene featuring the ‘Night Howler’ in the lab, two rams deliver coffee to the lab. Their names are Walter and Jesse which is a reference to two of the leading characters from the hit show, Breaking Bad.

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Have you seen Zootopia? If not, how come?

In fact, if you haven’t you can check out the review I wrote about the movie, right here!

Chloe Lauren x


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If I Stay Review | Movie Monday

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If I stay follows Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) a High School student who, along with her parents and younger brother, get caught in a horrific car accident leaving her in a coma, but still able to see everything that is going on around her, as well as the family and friends that come to visit whilst she is in hospital.

This heart wrenching movie has such a strong concept which is portrayed well throughout as well as remaining consistent as the story goes on. With a main character and relationship that you can’t help but root for from the very beginning.

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A theme which is at the forefront of this film, is the idea of standing out, and not being afraid of being who you truly are. We see this through the flashbacks that occur at almost every scene, which in turn tell a story of Mia’s life before the crash, where we see her as a classical musician, but whose family are into music which is a little heavier, leaving her feeling like an outcast. However, we find that her family and boyfriend, Adam, love her regardless, probably more so, for being different.

I think this is an important message to send out, especially to a younger audience, who think that they need to change to fit in, when really, it makes them more susceptible to self loathing later on. Everyone is different, so we should celebrate that, and help people love their individuality, and thankfully, this movie helps to see that.

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The romance between Mia and Adam plays a major role to the story line, as we get to witness how she slowly gets brought out of her comfort zone, to become something we didn’t see in the beginning. The development for the character of Mia was done so well, and most of this was thanks to their relationship.

Adam was very surprising to me, as I didn’t expect him to be the way he was, but you can really tell he cares about Mia, especially when he joins her bedside at the hospital. This was one of the best scenes in the entire movie, and where you truly see their love for each other as something more than childish, but true in a way. He is even open to letting her go, which is definitely a touching moment, and one that shows Adam’s character development.

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A special movie about the bond between family, as well as the importance of loving every moment as though it were your last. This is definitely a movie for those who are looking for something to make even your heart cry (great picture made for you there) as well as something to make you think. Such an amazing adaption of a book I love and hold dearly.

Chloe Lauren x


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Fantasy Is Our New Reality!

Hey Guys,

Are you fans of Fantasy movies? Let’s face it, have you seen Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings, because that is probably the reason most people love that genre? If you said yes to one or both of these questions, then maybe you have noticed the following cliches. To be honest, if you have read books in the Fantasy genre, you will have noticed them also.

The Prophecy That Binds Them

Way before the protagonists are born, there is usually something set in stone, sometimes literally, that will indicate that they are to go on to defeat a higher and darker power, or something along those lines.

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You Are The Chosen One

For most of the main characters, their lives growing up were difficult and like torture, so of all people, they are the least likely to be special, right? Wrong! They are the ones that always get told they are have a certain power or will defeat evil. Oh and obviously everyone is special.

Anyway, even if you are the ‘Chosen one’, you need your friends on your side, to bring you back down to reality, like Hermione is doing here.

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Good Must Face Evil

The lead up to the final battle could easily take up until the very last movie. That is usually how it will play out, and you know evil will be defeated, but you still manage to get taken back by what happens to to your favourite characters throughout these scenes. We all know how it ends. Good will always prevail!

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English Accents Are Key

Who doesn’t love a good English accent? I know I do, when it’s not mine that is. However, I am unsure as to why that is the only accent that they actually go with, especially for those who are gifted with being wise.

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The Wise One

Everyone knows, or should know, that these stories wouldn’t be complete without the likes of Dumbledore, and Gandalf for example. They add something special to the movies, as well as giving hope and strength to the main characters when they need it most.

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Chloe Lauren x


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Zootopia Review | Movie Monday

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Never have I ever seen a movie, let alone an animated movie, that was so reminiscent of the lives we all lead on a daily basis. These animals have basically managed to show us the realest piece of cinematography I have seen in a while, whilst at the same time battling some serious issues that still go one today, but in a way that even children can understand and comprehend. I am of course referring to how they use the idea of stereotyping, dependent on how each individual animal is. Take Nick for example, he is a fox, and because he is a fox, he is feared and seen in only one way, a criminal, who can’t escape the label, and because of this, has taken on this way of life as a result.

Oh and discrimination seems to find its way into this film also when Nick wants to buy something from a shop, it may have been for the wrong reasons, but before they knew why, they sent him away for not belonging there. This also happens to a few of the other characters, such as my moms favourite, Officer Clawhauser, who was just so sweet, and did not deserve the injustice he received!!!

Is this fair? No! Does this still happen today with us? Yes!

However, as well as the bad sides to life, you also have Judy Hopps, a small Rabbit, who aspires so much to be a police officer, but who’s family and other people she encounters along the way, does not believe in her enough to do it, due to her size and who she is and where she comes from. Thankfully, she manages to inspire the audience as she ignores what others say and still fights for what she wants. See, even the smallest of people can make it big and make a difference, so there is still hope for me yet.

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The growing friendship between Judy and Nick is important as it knocks the previous barriers down, and shows that giving someone a chance, and believing in them can go a long way. I love this! Although Nick starts off very cocky and confident, you can tell that all he wants is someone to see him for who he is, rather than the species he is, and this is why their friendship just constantly works, even through all of the hardships they face.

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As well as hitting these issues well on the head, we also have the comedy aspect that Disney obviously couldn’t forget about, and in this film, it was mainly the scenes involving the Sloths that will have you laughing, especially that of Flash. Obviously the perfect name for a Sloth right? No better fit!

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You will quickly fall in love with this movie, its main characters, and the friendships that come with it, as well as having to think, especially after it is over, about how some people are still treated today. Well done Disney for spreading such a great message to your viewers.

Chloe Lauren x


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