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The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much more including Amy Schumer's "Bachelor" picks and Meryl Streep's rousing speech stating, "disrespect invites disrespect."

Directors of 'Zootopia' explain how the Disney film with racial allegory grew more timely as it was being made

The creators of "Zootopia" accept the awards for motion picture -- animated at the Golden Globes (Getty Images)
The creators of "Zootopia" accept the awards for motion picture -- animated at the Golden Globes (Getty Images)

It was the Disney film with a racial allegory.

Released in spring of last year, "Zootopia" generated a lot of commentary for the way it confronted prejudice and racism through its story featuring animals and interspecies tension.

The animated film took five years to make, and all the while human behavior was reinforcing why the movie was needed, the film's directors said backstage after their Golden Globes win.

"The world around us started to explode," said Byron Howard. "Bias and fear mongering were coming into the news daily. Something we hadn't planned, but made us all the more dedicated to get the message out in the right way."

Howard said the mandate from Disney was to make an animated film about animals "like no one has ever seen."

"By looking at animals," he continued, "we learned a lot about human beings."

Said fellow director Rich Moore: "It's about discrimination and racism and the damage that does to our society The damage of learning by fear ... it gave the audience something to think about."

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