I’m finally able to write about the movie “Zootopia”, which Arielle and I watched for the second time yesterday. It was our mother-daughter prize for finally completing and submitting her portfolio to SCAD Hong Kong. Of course, Arielle, our daughter who will pursue Animation, had to watch it again. And I won’t be surprised if the second time won’t be the last time!
As always, Arielle had a different motivation and intention when she watched this Disney film. She was looking forward to see the technical side of the animation plus the story. I, on the other hand, decided to see it (after much convincing), as a break for me and for pure entertainment. I had no idea what Zootopia was all about!
I will not give the plot summary of the movie. You can find it here. What I’d like to share instead are the life lessons that I personally picked up from this beautifully animated film. I have twelve:
1. Anyone can be anything.
No to stereotyping. Just keep on trying. As the movie said, be a TRYer, one who always tries.
2. A positive attitude makes a big difference.
3. Do your job or tasks well, no matter how small they may seem.
As St. Therese of Lisieux said, “Do small things with great love.” Go an extra mile.
4. Support and encourage your child in his/her dreams. It matters a lot to them.
5. Understand others. They may have a past that needs to be understood.
6. Everyone is different. Everyone is unique.
7. There may come a time in your life that you just have to prove your worth. Show them who you are and what you can do. Show them what you’ve got.
8. You have to learn how to think and put pieces of information together. Problem-solving is an important life skill.
9. Prejudice, discrimination, racism, greed, over-confidence, and being a crook have no place in society and in this world. It does not at all do any good.
10. Let us all live in harmony and peace, respecting each other, and celebrating each other’s differences.
11. We must protect the environment, God’s creation, in order to maintain its natural balance.
12. Just as we need to protect human life, we need to protect animal life as well.
The movie is already on its second week and I hope you and your kids can make this a family movie date. If you miss it, then I encourage you to watch out for the DVD copy and get one for a movie night at home.