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Shakira says ‘Zootopia’ has an important message about racism and stereotypes

International superstar Shakira makes her film debut in Disney‘s newest animated feature, Zootopia. Shakira’s character, the pop superstar Gazelle, isn’t much of a stretch for her. The Colombian singer says she wanted to participate in the project because of the film’s message.

The film stars Ginnifer Goodwin as the first rabbit cop who teams up with a fox (Jason Bateman) to solve a missing animals case in 48 hours. But this isn’t just a film with talking animals. Underneath all of its cuteness is a serious message about racism and stereotypes. In the film, the characters come to grips with their own prejudices. When we caught up with Shakira, she told us this film couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

“We are going through a time, a social and political time where there is still lots of prejudice in our society. We should make sure we break from all the stereotypes and come together for a common good. I think that this movie portrays that message really well. It’s true that it has social commentary but it also has many layers, it’s so profound and it has so many great morals for adults and kids. It’s a movie about promoting diversity, avoiding prejudice and also highlighting the value of friendship,” she said.

Fusion spent a year with the creative team of Zootopia during the final stages of the film’s production. You can watch what happened on this journey in the upcoming documentary, Imagining Zootopia. Find out how you can watch Fusion here.

Fusion is partly owned by Disney’s ABC network.

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