Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ takes a humorous jab at state employees

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:19 AM

While watching Disney’s “Zootopia” latest week with family and at least two hundred adults and kids, the slow-mo-employees-at-the-DMV clip over received some of the biggest laughs and even a smattering of applause from the audience.

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ takes a humorous jab at state employees

The hottest film this year casts a tiny bunny rabbit as a tough-as-nails cop, a fox as a grifter-turned-good-guy – and sloths as counter staff at the DMV.

While watching Disney’s “Zootopia” latest week with family and at least two hundred adults and kids, the slow-mo-employees-at-the-DMV clip over received some of the biggest laughs and even a smattering of applause from the audience. And this was a theater in state-employee-centric Elk Grove. There’s tiny doubt that some of the folks who saw the film work for state government or have friends and family who do.

Maybe more than any other dept or agency, it is . Nearly everyone over age sixteen has to interact with DMV, and not just for drivers’ licensing and car registration. Nearly latest year carried a DMV-issued license or ID card and more than thirty-four million vehicles were registered with the department.

Despite the department’s heavy workload, maybe number symbol of state bureaucracy draws more fire than the line at a DMV office. Although the dept for years has to speed up the system, it can’t shake an image as a soulless organization that caters to process and not people.

“Clearly, this is a fictional depiction of a DMV office,” Jaime Garza, DMV spokesman, said of the movie.

Does “Zootopia,” which has earned $800 million worldwide so far, further a negative stereotype of state workers? Or is its laziness depiction just good-natured fun?

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