TRENDING Published March13, 2016 By Sunia Mukherjee

’Zootopia‬’ From Walt Disney‬‬ Crosses $100 Million In Box-Office: Racism Allegations Might Plague The Minds Of Children

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Actor Don Lake (L) and his family attend the Premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios' 'Zootopia' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
(Photo : Frederick M. Brown | Getty Images News)

''Zootopia'' was released on Feb. 10, 2016 in Belgium and Mar. 4, 2016 in the US.  This American 3D computer-animated film is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie is doing exceptionally well in the box-office, however, there were allegations of the movie promoting racism.

Michael Giacchino has composed the score of this animated movie which is the 55th animated feature film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. USA today reported sometime back about this Oscar winning composer's inclusion in the project.

Ginnifer Goodwin as Officer Judy Hopps, Jason Bateman as Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde, Idris Elba as Chief Bogo, J.K. Simmons as Leodore Lionheart, Shakira as Gazelle and Tommy Chong as Yax comprise of the main cast of this movie (voice representation). Since this is an animated movie, the cast-list is quite long. The trailer which is uploaded on YouTube is very cute.

"Zootopia remains king of the box office jungle this weekend, having crossed $100 million in domestic receipts after taking in $12 million on Friday, according to studio estimates'' reported Variety. Forbes talked about all the block buster movies of the week and their respective collections. Looking at the response of the animated movies in the box-office, one can safely say that they are the favorite of the movie goers, especially the kids for movies like ''Zootopia.''

Consequence explored another aspect of this movie- racism. ''Zootopia presents a world in which society is divided between predators and prey, both of which have put aside their biological differences in an attempt to live in harmony'' the writer mentioned.

''Disney attempts to confront racism but instead delivers the kids' version of Crash.'' So even though the movie is commercially successful, will the racism which is depicted in the movie harm the next generation's minds?

''This view of race relations - in which everyone harbors individual prejudice - strongly recalls "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" from Avenue Q. As the song reminds us, "Everyone makes judgments based on race." If the musical's lone Asian-American, a girl named Christmas Eve, believes that Jewish people have lots of money and that taxi drivers smell bad, it more or less excuses other forms of racism - like Kate Monster, a white schoolteacher who lives in her neighborhood, telling jokes about black people'' the writer further wrote about the characters of ''Zootopia.''

So will there be a tough time coming up for Walt Disney? Watch this space for more.



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