The box office hit 'Zootopia' has come under fire in China from authorities, who seem uncomfortable with a story that small people can do big things. An editorial in a People’s Liberation Army newspaper said the film's hero, a rabbit counteracting its timid nature to play a savior, is messaging the American Dream that anyone can make it. The Disney animated film has set sales records in China.
Class discussion: Do films deliver messages about values? Why would Chinese authorities be worried about U.S. ideas influencing their citizens? Do U.S. politicians and other leaders ever complain about foreign ideas and values affecting young Americans? How do leaders in other nations react to “outside” ideas and values? Should people be “protected” from different ideas? Is the American Dream of success a realistic prospect for everyone everywhere?
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