BySree Lal, writer at Creators.co
Engineer by occupation. Movie geek for a lifetime....
Sree Lal

Disney’s Zootopia is scheduled to release next spring, and a teaser trailer was released a few days ago. The movie, voiced by Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin as leads, tells the story of an alternate universe, where humans are not present in the evolution chain. Zootopia is a city ruled by animals that have a government and works under a legislative system. Even with the advancement in culture, the rivalry between certain species still exists in Zootopia. The movie is intended to present the everyday life of such a city, and such a rivalry. Through this article, I’m trying to analyze how our imagination treated this subject in the past, in cinema and many other Medias, along with what Zootopia could bring new to this scenario. The full teaser for Zootopia the movie is given below:

The Dominant One

Dominant one
Dominant one

There is a reason for calling humans the dominant creature. We rule this world with technologies beyond the comprehension of other animals. We consume the resources provided by Mother Nature without thinking much about the others. Sitting top of the food chain, we inadvertently pushes them to extinction. The Dinosaurs ruled the Earth millions of years ago in a similar fashion and after their extinction, asteroid or not, we took their place of dominating the world. As history has a habit of repeating itself, we also are expected to have an end. There is a chance that, after the recycling, Earth might give another species a chance to show their talents. These have ignited the imagination of artists, and they expressed their concerns through stories. Stories in which animals are the centerpiece, in which they share their concerns in a way that we could understand…

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Books
Books

From popular children’s books to movies, animals were part of our imaginations. Ranging from Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Jungle Book, these masterpieces were depictions of how humans interacted with the nature. They portrayed animals as our companions, who help us out difficult situations. Sometimes, we switched places as friend and foe, and every time, these stories reminded us how fragile our nature is.

Movies
Movies

Most of these books got movie adaptations and along with them, new stories were developed. But, mostly these books dealt with animals’ interaction with humans. They neglected the possibility of having a alternate universe, where humans are dropped from top of the pyramid. Most of these books got movie adaptations and along with them, new stories were developed. But, mostly these books dealt with animals’ interaction with humans. They neglected the possibility of having an alternate universe, where humans are dropped from top of the pyramid. Pierre Boulle’s Sci-fi masterpiece ‘Planet of the Apes’ solved this dilemma by introducing an ape ruled planet and the subsequent movie adaptation took it to a new level by adding that final act twist.

Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes

Pixar’s Cars was another instance for this, when it created a world dominated by cars and automobiles.

Cars
Cars

Now, Zootopia can go two ways:

  • It can be another film featuring talking animals with a lot of hilarious moments.
  • It also can reflect our society, political situations and many other factors in an entirely different manner, thus becoming an entertaining, thought-provoking piece of cinema.

The following is a comic strip which is popular at my place. It’s roughly translated to ‘When Animals are on Power’, and it’s a brilliant portrayal of a world where animals are ruled. They are civilized, they have a government, and they deals with issues like controversies, and political abrupt. This comic strip criticizes our system in a satirical way, with sheer humor.

'When Animals are on Power' by 'Balarama'
'When Animals are on Power' by 'Balarama'

The first thought I had after watching the trailer for Zootopia, was the resemblance between these two works of fiction. ‘When Animals are on Power’ is brilliant in many ways and if Zootopia is presented in a similar fashion, there will be a lot for us to cheer about. Even if it is not, Zootopia will be a worthy entertainer, and I’ll be looking forward to experience it in the next March…

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