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Animation Addicts 118: ‘Zootopia’ – Vote Mason for President!

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Disney’s Zootopia has been released in theaters! Mason, Morgan, and Chelsea talk about their thoughts on this critically acclaimed film!


  • Nerdy Couch Discussion:
  • Catch ‘N’ Fire with AJ Howell
  • Animation Duel & Anthropomorphic animals in films and their history.
  • Can we talk about the “furry” in the room?
  • Main Discussion:
  • This film is actually about the evils of walking around naked.
  • Blatant pop culture references and loads of big-name Hollywood stars
  • Was Clawhauser the breakout character?
  • Flash the sloth, Mr. Big, and Disney got us with ANOTHER surprise villain!
  • THE DISSENT: only two out of 142 critics’ reviews gave Zootopia a “rotten” rating on RottenTomatoes
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Jesse, Rachel, Dylan, and… Eric?
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:41:06, 48.5 MB



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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Sarah

    Great podcast! I actually get to see this tomorrow night! Can’t wait 🙂

    • Chelsea Robson

      How did you like it?

      • Sarah

        I loved it! It’s a new favorite of mine

  • Ernesto Chacon

    Great Podcast Morgan, Chelsea and Mason (The Three Rototeers), and glad that I was mentioned in some areas during the podcast. Oh and one important note to self, I notice that the “Nerdy Couch Discussion” theme was missing something on the description, both of you guys were talking about Anthropomorphic animals in films and their history in films/literatue.

    • Chelsea Robson

      Thanks Ernesto!

  • Eric Faulkner

    My question was the same as Rachel’s actually.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Ha! Bright minds think alike!

  • Sam Heller

    Hey, guys! I really enjoyed listening to the episode. Just commenting to let you know my thoughts on Zootopia! (This might be long. Sorry not sorry.)

    I have to say I absolutely LOVED this movie. I hadn’t been following any Disney news lately and the only times I heard about Zootopia was from commercials. “Hey, that looks fun, let’s see that…What?! 99% score on RT?!” I was so surprised and blown away by it.

    The movie started out great, I thought the pacing of Judy’s journey from little bunny to police academy was perfect. Judy Hops was a great choice for a lead because we can all relate to her. Especially coming from a small town like me. We go off to college and move to the big city – yeah we’re going to live in a crappy apartment but we’re following our dreams gosh darn it – see ya, Mom & Dad! I think my favorite scene of the movie was Judy’s train ride into Zootopia. The animation blew my mind! From the variety of landscapes and environments along with the lighting and music – it was so memorable.

    The rest of the film was a nonstop roller-coaster of hilarity and emotions. I didn’t expect the plot to have this much depth and I couldn’t predict how the mystery turned out! I disagree with those who say that the themes are too complex for kids – they need to give kids more credit! I think the themes of prejudice and racism in the movie are important and are SO relevant at this moment in our history. What I hope this movie achieves is to open the minds of parents and adults who take their children to see this movie. Kids don’t inherently have certain prejudices but can be unfortunately negatively influenced – intentionally or unintentionally – in their upbringing. Hopefully this film can open up a positive dialogue about important social issues that can be hard to talk about. I actually agree with what Mason said about the heavy-handedness of it and I felt that while watching it – though I didn’t mind it as much.

    Wow, there was just SO MUCH in this movie. Other than the overall themes, it was just fun. I loved Flash the Sloth – especially when he was caught drag racing at the end! The pop culture references were hilarious too. I was dying when Weaselton was selling his bootleg Disney movies. I’m a sucker for puns and this movie had tons – I am a huge fan of the Zootopia poster spoofs they released of the Oscar movies – check them out! I didn’t expect to write so much, oops! Anyway, I’ll definitely be watching this movie again and again! 4.75 stars! 🙂

    • Mason Smith

      Yay! Thanks for listening!

  • Rachel Wagner

    Zootopia was a wonderful film. I felt like the message was designed for children kind of like a fable or a nursery rhyme, so it didn’t feel heavy handed to me. The humor with things like the Godfather was more for the adults but not in a tawdry way like some adult humor can be in these types of movies. It was so creative, funny and I loved Judy Hopps. To me it is the best non-musical from Disney since 101 Dalmatians.

  • manzoman96

    Hey guys! I’ve just started to listen to your guys podcast and I just wanted to say I’ve become a big fan. I agree with Morgan’s sentiment early on I don’t have a lot of people to talk about animation seriously as well so finding you guys was awesome!

    I went into Zootopia with zero expectations, only knowing that it’s Disney and it’s reviewing well. I was really blown away by the movie. I wasn’t expecting it to be as politically fueled as it was but I like it all the more for it, plus it’s very timely with what’s going on in politics right now.

    I did remember thinking that there is a lot of modern references when watching it which might not make it hold up well in the future but I think the difference between a movie like this and a lesser movie is that it didn’t focus on it and draw too much attention to it. I think they used it more for world building. I don’t think there was anything cringe worthy so kudos to them for pulling it off. Time will tell if this movie ends up becoming a classic or not.

    Looking forward to the next episode 😀

    • Chelsea Robson

      Glad to have you on the couch!

  • Jeremiah Bok

    Morgan, Chelsy, I would loved to hear your thoughts on Mason’s highly sophisticated tirade about the preaching of the film. While it was excellent, (the revival continues, yay!) it had a lot of characters talking about what it was like to be prey, to be a predator rather than showing.

    • Mason Smith

      ‘Tirade’ is kind of a strong word in this case, don’t you think? 😀

      • Jeremiah Bok

        Don’t be so modest. It was a small but excellent tirade and you shouldn’t shortchange yourself.

  • Thanks for filling my need to talk about this film after just seeing it last night! I loved pretty much everything about the film, and really enjoyed hearing more about the background of its production from you guys. I have to disagree with Mason’s assessment of the parents’ telling rather than showing – I thought their dialogue was more comedy than character development, spouting the opposite of inspirational tropes similar to those demotivational posters.

    I was fortunate to see Zootopia during my visit home to the US, but I live in Scotland, and will definitely be going to see “Zootropolis” when it comes out later this month to spot the differences!

  • Oh and I also recommend the official Zootopia character playlists on Spotify – so much fun.

  • Chicken008

    The wolf and the lamb is a biblical reference, not lion and lamb.

  • Cassie Devereaux

    I don’t think it’s going to age poorly The pop culture and tech may not be timeless, but the themes of the film…. for better and worse….. are. It’ll remain relevant because the issues addressed will always be relevant.

  • Sarah (again)

    Took my dad to see it last night! He loved it, it was a great daddy daughter date night movie. “Rabbits are very good a multiplying.”

  • Great podcast and loved seeing AJ!

    I agree w/Mason in that although I liked the film, I found the film too preachy and didn’t understand the “calling a bunny cute” thing either.

  • Sol Carlos

    I am hearing everyday at least one podcast and you guys are so great! One topic I’m curious to hear your opinion is that in the end of the film Judy and nick say I love you to each other. Do you think they said it has like friends or like a couple? I was very confused when I saw that scene the first time.