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Disney's "Zootopia" wins Oscar for best animated movie over "Moana"

Bunny cop Judy Hopps (left) and Nick Wilde, a fox, chat with Flash, a three-toed sloth, in the movie "Zootopia." The movie won the Academy Award for best animated feature film. Photo by: Zootopia/Flickr

The comedy "Zootopia," about a rookie bunny cop and a fox who is her unlikely partner, won the Oscar for the best animated feature film.

Every year the Academy Awards gives out Oscars to the best movies and performances. The win for "Zootopia" on Sunday was part of a record 2016 for Disney, which is the company that made the animated movie. "Zootopia" brought in more than $1 billion at box offices worldwide.

"Zootopia" was the clear frontrunner going into the Academy Awards. It beat another Disney film, "Moana," along with "Kubo and the Two Strings," "The Red Turtle" and "My Life as a Zucchini."

Talk About Humanity With Talking Animals

The movie is about a rabbit police officer named Judy Hopps who solves a crime in a city of animals. "Zootopia" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps. Jason Bateman is the voice of her partner, Nick Wilde.

"Five years ago, almost six now, oh, my God, we got this crazy idea to talk about humanity with talking animals in the hopes that when the film came out, it would make the world just a slightly better place," said "Zootopia" co-director Byron Howard.

"And we are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other," said co-director Rich Moore.

It Took Five Years To Make

It took a crew of around 800 people five years to complete the movie.

"Zootopia" also has an all-star supporting cast of voices from famous actors and singers. They include Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Kristen Bell and Shakira.

Originally, the story revolved around Bateman's character. But it underwent extensive rewrites. Test audiences reported that they had difficulty connecting with him. They found themselves drawn to Hopps instead.

"Zootopia" had already also scooped up best animated picture awards at other, earlier awards ceremonies.

The movie opened in March 2016 and earned $75 million in its first weekend. This was a record-setting box office debut for Disney Animation Studios. Within a month, "Zootopia" had become the first film of 2016 to gross over $800 million.

In December, Disney became the first studio to pass the $7 billion mark within a one-year window.

Critics And The Academy Liked Its Message

"Zootopia" also received widespread praise. Movie critics liked its message against racism and gender discrimination at a time when the presidential election campaign was dividing America.

"'Zootopia' is about something that is difficult to talk about." Howard said. "It's about bias and discrimination. It was reassuring for Rich and myself to take the film around the world and see that wherever we went, people were getting that message."

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Why does the author include the section "Talk About Humanity With Talking Animals"?

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to highlight the idea that the movie achieved the result its creators hoped for

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to illustrate the process of creating a movie from beginning to end

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Which paragraph in the section "It Took Five Years To Make" suggests that an earlier version of the movie would not have been as successful?

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The win for "Zootopia" on Sunday was part of a record 2016 for Disney, which is the company that made the animated movie. "Zootopia" brought in more than $1 billion at box offices worldwide.

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"And we are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other," said co-director Rich Moore.

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The movie opened in March 2016 and earned $75 million in its first weekend. This was a record-setting box office debut for Disney Animation Studios. Within a month, "Zootopia" had become the first film of 2016 to gross over $800 million.

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" 'Zootopia' is about something that is difficult to talk about," Howard said. "It's about bias and discrimination. It was reassuring for Rich and myself to take the film around the world and see that wherever we went, people were getting that message."

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