Then the film pulls a complete U-turn. Right in the middle of traffic. Without signaling. And winds up hitting a bus.
It turns out predator animals are the real minority in Zootopia. They're the ones who end up victims of profiling, thanks to a streak of violent attacks by the closest thing to a terrorist cell we'll probably ever see in a Disney movie. But that's part of the film's complexity, right? Racism is never a one-way street. Ultimately, racial profiling is wrong, however you cut it, and the characters learn an important lesson about tolerance and judgment.
The thing is that the movie's actual minority is presented as a genuinely fearsome presence. Predators occupy the upper echelons of Zootopia's society -- even the mayor is a lion. They're not marginalized. They are also far more physically powerful and capable of violence than the herbivores, but also rendered into stupid beasts when they go "savage." The herbivores have a solid reason to be wary of the predators. At the same time, predators are both the 1 percent and an unfortunate manifestation of the ideas of scientific racism -- both superhuman and subhuman at once.
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