Furry fans celebrate Zootopia's Oscar victory
One year ago, Zootopia, a story about anthropomorphic animals in a modern setting dealing with the issue of prejudices in society, hit theaters. It was the most highly anticipated film for furries in the last decade, some having even rented out theaters for personal furry gatherings. In the days following Flayrah had a reviewing bonanza in which multiple prominent article writers gave their own reviews of the piece.
Heck, the Fur Affinity banner changed to a Zootopia theme when the movie came out and hasn’t changed since.
But on February 27th, the love for the film was continued to be shown well beyond the borders of furry fandom, as the academy elected it to receive the Oscar for Best Animated feature. It beat out nominees Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and the one that most had thought could take it away from Disney, Kubo and the Two Strings.
The Oscar joins a growing accumulation of awards that the film has received, including a Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture, six Annie Award including Best Animated Feature, and of course the AARP Movies for Grownups Award for best film for grownups who refuse to grow up (Oh wait, no it wasn't that was Kubo! *shakes fist* Aw well, can't win them all). An exhaustively long list can be found on its IMDb page here.
The film is currently also seen as the most likely to achieve the Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture award of the fandom’s upcoming Ursa Major Awards, despite there being a slew of options from 2016. Some of its strongest competition comes from Kung Fu Panda 3, The Secret Life of Pets, and of course its old rival Kubo and the Two Strings.
Furry fandom has celebrated this victory with pictures of Judy and Nick in dapper dress holding the famed golden statue trophy; the expressions of joy and triumph in their eyes as the hold their award rivaling that of their human counterparts upon the stage. And in the end, as Zootopia continues to be rewarded for its triumph, furries are more hopeful for a future where anthropomorphism in media picks up pace as competitors try and emulate the success of the film. They also hold hope that people interested in Zootopia-like worlds pay a welcome visit our own as well.