We had our furry meet up on Friday on opening night to see Zootopia at a local Portland area theater on March 4. We all enjoyed the movie. Normally I never see a movie on the opening weekend, I wait a few week before seeing it or wait until redbox has it. I am also amazed how Zootopia has taken the furry fandom by storm. I do not believe at no time a movie that was seen by the fandom in mass. Many fur groups organized meets at theaters, some groups rented the entire theater for a private showing. Over all I enjoyed the movie. The message of tolerance was there but it was not preachy. What the media has missed is not Judy Hopps experienced bias but how she deals with, and it not like your typical liberal response, she went out and her best and 100% more instead of protesting for an entitlement.
What really works for me was the details. Most furries scale animals to human size, what animators of Zootopia did was to draw the animals to natural then scaled the world around them. For example rodents have their own neighborhood and homes and transportation are scaled to rodent scale.
In other news I am very skeptical of buzzfeed and the claims that Disney is marketing to the furry fandom. After all we are relatively still a small fandom. It more like both Disney putting out a movie and our furry interest has intersected. I also doubt the legitimacy of the so-called leaked letter. First of all it was not Disney but a third party promotion firm. I also been to the furlife site and have seen only one post about the letter.
If one thing anybody should know about the furry fandom is we are fans of anthropomorphic animals in art, literature, role-play and cosplay. Zootopia does represent the fandom in this; We create anthropomorphic characters them speculate the world like and they live in and how they react in this world through art, literature, fursuiting and role-play.