DISNEY’S ZOOTOPIA: A FAMILY NIGHT ADVENTURE
Zootopia just came available for home viewing and I am so excited. While at Disney a couple of months ago, my girls and I got the pleasure of meeting the two adorable stars, Judy and Nick. They were just the cutest. Becca just fell in love with the cuddly crime fighters. From that moment on we could not wait to see Zootopia.
Well, now is our chance. Taylor and I decided this would be the perfect movie for a family fun night. So, I rushed home from work, prepared a yummy dinner, got the family room equipped with blankets and pillows, and came up with a yummy snack that would suit this wild animal turned civilized theme of a movie. We came up with our WILD BUNCH CRUNCH.
Of course the boys were all like “An animated movie?? Really!!” After some well placed puppy dog eyes, the boys agreed and we settled in with our pillows, blankets, and yummy snack to enjoy the movie.
ZOOTOPIA: A BUNNY’S DREAM
As the movie opens, we find out that all wild creatures are living in a perfect utopia civilization where predator and prey get along in perfect harmony. Pretty cool. Within the first few minutes young Judy Bunny is introduced, an adorable little bunny who has big dreams to become a cop in the big city of Zootopia. As you can imagine, her carrot farming parents are a little worried and try to discourage June, but her dreams are too strong. As a mom of kids who are growing up and pursuing their dream, I could really relate to Judy’s parents.
Through hard work and perseverance she realizes her dream and graduates valedictorian from Zootopia’s police academy. Everything is peaches and rainbow now, right? Not even close. She may have graduated the academy, but she soon finds out the rest of the Zootopia police force has no desire for a tiny bunny to join the law enforcement ranks.Unfortunately, Judy is assigned to the Meter Maid patrol. That made all of us so mad.
THE PLOT THICKENS
Even though the odds are not in her favor, she is bound and determined to make the best of it and pledges to be the best meter maid Zootopia has ever seen. We were all rooting for Judy at this point. My girls are both on the small side and they both were like, “Get over her being petite. The best things come in small packages.” I love it. Thus enters a bunny’s worst foe, a fox. But, it seems that this fox is not like the typical sly fox, but a good citizen being persecuted for being a fox. Judy hops in to save the day, only to realize Nick Fox is truly a sly fox.
This is where the real fun begins. The two become unwilling partners in order to solve a big case and ensure Judy keeps her spot on the police force. So many twists and turns come about from here. This was an amazing movie that not only the girls loved, but my husband and son did admit it was definitely a great pick for family night. I would definitely encourage your family to check out Zootopia on Disney Blue Ray for your own movie night. Maybe you can even make up a batch of our Wild Bunch Crunch to tame your herd’s appetite.
WILD BUNCH CRUNCH
8 Cups Pop Corn
1/4 Stick Salted Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 TB Salt
1 Cup Candy Covered Chocolate
1/2 Cup Toffee Covered Sunflower Seeds
1 Cup Salted Peanuts
1/2 Cup Chocolate Covered Almonds
1/2 Cup Teddy Shaped Graham Crackers
In a small bowl, melt butter then add sugar and salt until well combined. Placed popcorn in a large bowl. Drizzle butter mixture over pop corn and stir until all pop corn is coated with butter. Mix in candy coated chocolates, sunflower seeds, peanuts, chocolate covered almonds and teddy shaped graham crackers. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed in mixture. Add salt to taste. Serve in a fun container for snacking.
I loved the movie, snack, and of course the awesome company of my super cool family. This movie is not just a super cute animated flick, it also has so many awesome themes running through it. First of all, never give up on your dreams. Even if things seem impossible, with hard work and determination you can do it. And I think most importantly, never judge a book by it’s cover. Stereotypes can be hurtful. Before you pass judgement, form your own opinion. It is amazing all the little life lessons Disney is able to squeeze into this amazing movie.