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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Zootopia

Families can talk about everything from the dangers of stereotypes to the examples of courage and teamwork in Disney's animated hit.

Not only is Zootopia a smart, funny friendship story set in a world populated by walking, talking animals, but it's bursting with thoughtful themes and important messages for kids (and all of us, really). As Judy and Nick get to know each other -- and solve a tricky mystery that threatens to tear their society apart (be ready for some scary scenes!) -- families can use the characters' experiences as a way to bring up some really big ideas. Try these topics/questions to get started:

  • How do Judy and Nick challenge stereotypes about bunnies and foxes? How can we apply those messages to human society?

  • Do you think Judy is a good role model? How does she demonstrate courage and empathy? Why are these important character strengths? What about Nick? Why is their teamwork unique?

  • Do you agree with Nick when he says that "you can only be what you are -- sly fox, dumb bunny"? How does his opinion change over the course of the movie? How do he and Judy change the way the other thinks?

  • How does the movie address bullying? How did being bullied when they were little affect Judy and Nick? How did they react to it? What does Judy find out about her bully later on, and what can we learn from that?

  • Do you think it's OK for movies aimed at kids to include humor that only adults will understand? Does it matter if the jokes are racy? What do you think about other kinds of references to things kids aren't familiar with?

Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then served as an editor at Reel.com, Emode.com, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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