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. By Betsy Bozdech
5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Zootopia

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?

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About Betsy Bozdech

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Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's executive editor of ratings and reviews. After earning bachelor's and master's... Read more

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Adult written by Mike_I

References to other movies provides 2 benefits. First it is entertaining for the parent who just spent 50 dollars on a matinnee, and secondly it provides exposure to themes that they will see again at other times. FOR example vegetails reuses music and movies such as wizard of oz and Beethoven. This initial exposure creates excitement thought establishing connections.

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