Film Friday: Zootropolis

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Zootopia is a place of peace and harmony, where all the animals live peacefully side by side. Fierce or friendly they have worked out their differences and now all get along. In Zootopia no bunny has ever become a cop, but that is young Judy Hopps dream. She has a strong sense of justice and she won’t give up on her vision to become an officer of the law. Eventually she makes it to Police Academy, and in spite of being much smaller than the other recruits and falling on her face a lot, she makes is through and becomes a fully-fledged police rabbit. Her dream has come true. However, all the other officers are much bigger, more powerful animals, like rhinos, hippos, elephants and buffalos, and on day one all Judy is given is the job of handing out parking tickets. In spite of her disappointment she uses her sharp hearing to spot when cars are parking in restricted areas. She throws herself into her job.

Life is full of ups and downs, we often have hopes and dreams but these take work and dedication, and often we get battered along the way. Life is not easy for Judy as she battles to win through, it takes energy and belief for her to keep going. Judy is an unexpected hero, no one expects a rabbit to make a good cop, and yet she turns out to be one of the best. An outsider who rises to the top. Winston Churchill, the British prime minister during the war once said, ‘Never give up, never, never give up.’ He faced many difficulties and obstacles as he sought to lead the country to victory and freedom, he had a speech impediment, yet had to deliver public speeches, and he also suffered bouts of depression. But he wouldn’t give up, he refused let go of his visions of freedom and justice.

Jesus of Nazareth was a most unlikely hero too. He came from the wrong side of the tracks, from a place on the margins, a backwater, and he did not look like the kind of leader people wanted. He had to battle with arguments, insults and conflict day after day. He was misunderstood, misquoted and put down, but like Judy Hopps, he had a strong sense of purpose and justice. He knew he had been called to change the world. And change the world he did. He gave everything for his dream, sacrificing all he had in order to bring a new way of life. Not just for his own neck of the woods, but for the entire world. Today 2 billion people follow his way. The first Christians were called ‘Followers of the Way’ and that was his invitation. To walk in his steps, with the help of his continuing power, each day. To finish a reading, called One Solitary Life:


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