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Four Life Lessons from Zootopia

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We didn't see Disney's Zootopia at the movie house and we weren't excited to watch it as well. But when we got the chance to see it in cable, we. Got. Hooked. Seriously. My kids? It's like Frozen fever all over again.

I'm not here to write a review about the movie but would just like to share the lessons from the story and theme song.



Don't judge a book by its cover

The characters in the movie offered different personalities than you would initially assume. The fox turned out to be a trusted friend and ally, the little bunny is the heroine, and the cutie lamb was the evil one. And the sloth? Turned out he's a reckless driver. Never judge someone by how they looked or how they are supposedly perceived by society.



You can be anyone you'd want to be. So dream big.

The story shows my kids that you can be anything you would want to be. It doesn't matter how small you are or how society thinks what you are only capable of doing. You are the captain of your ship and Judy Hopps, the police officer bunny, showed that to everyone. She worked her way to her dreams and did not look down on herself.



Change starts with you

I particularly like the message Judy Hopps gave during the police academy graduation day:

"Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you."

For years I have seen society put blame circumstances on other people, the government, and even their loved ones. It is important that no matter what, the change we are looking for starts within ourselves. Accountability to your society, to your environment, to your world. This is an important lesson I want my kids to learn.



Do good and it will repay you

One of the scenes in the movie was Judy saving Fru Fru, an arctic shrew, from a donut. Turned out the lady she saved was the daughter of a crime lord. Her kindness was repaid and her life was saved later in the story.

So never underestimate Karma.



Don't be afraid to make mistakes

My 2-year-old Toddler Z sings the theme song of the movie by Shakira. I actually bought her a microphone stand so she could perform the song ala Shakira to us. Oh, I love how she tips her head and fling her hair like how Shakira did in her MTV. LOL!

I let her indulge in the song because the lyrics are so powerful that it helps me get up each day and not be too hard on myself. It is empowering and a perfect song for the story and lessons the movie has.

Here's the lyrics:

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I messed up tonight, I lost another fight
I still mess up but I'll just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what's next

Birds don't just fly, they fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won't give up, no I won't give in
'Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No, I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won't give up, no I won't give in
'Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No, I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Look how far you've come, you filled your heart with love
Baby, you've done enough, take a deep breath
Don't beat yourself up, don't need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last, but we did our best

I won't give up, no I won't give in
'Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No, I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won't give up, no I won't give in
'Til I reach the end and then I'll start again
No, I won't leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

I'll keep on making those new mistakes
I'll keep on making them every day
Those new mistakes

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Try everything
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Try everything


Isn't it beautiful?

This has become one of my favorite songs. And I don't mind my kid asking me to play it for her while she sing with it the whole day.


The genuineness of the characters' personalities help the audience connect with the story. Disney has done it again and I am sure me and the kids would be watching this movie over again for years.

Have you seen this movie?

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