Movie Review – Zootopia

There’s a world where animals have evolved to a higher level of think, far past their basic instincts. However, animals all over uses their natural abilities to their advantage. Rabbits farm and the King of the Jungle is Mayor. It’s perfectly sufficient to use your natural talents to cement your place in life, but what if you could achieve more? What if you could change your predestined station in life and follow your dreams? Since she was a kit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) of Bunnyborrow has always stood up for the little guy, even though she’s pretty tiny herself. While her overprotective parents Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) and Stu (Don Lake) would rather see Judy join her 237 siblings and maintain the family farm; Judy wants to protect and serve in the Zootopia Police Department. 

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After passing the Z.P.D. Academy with flying colours, Judy has realized her dream and become the first rabbit to join Zootopia’s finest. For obvious but unspecified reasons, Officer Hopps is condemned to traffic division. While Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) and the rest of the department tackles high profile cases, Judy writes parking tickets and receives a chilly reception from the locals. Her job sucks and Judy realizes how unforgiving the urban jungle can be. After getting chewed out by Chief Bogo for overstepping her authority and endangering the residents of Little Rodentia, all over petty theft, Judy runs into the distraught Mrs. Otterton (Octavia Spencer). Mr. Otterton has been missing for weeks, uncharacteristically vanishing without a trace. Apparently he’s one a growing number of missing citizens. Judy vows to reunite the couple, drawing the ire of Chief Bogo. Deputy Mayor Dawn Bellweather (Jenny Slate) agrees that Judy should take the case, but Chief Bogo gives her 48 hours to find Mr. Otterton or she’ll be fired. 

The 55th Disney animated feature film, Zootopia is so much more than another anthropomorphic cgi-fest. It smartly presents itself to many different demographics. In my screening, the youngest kids had a good time with the vibrant, playful colours and sight gags. The underlying theme of self-discovery seemed to resonate with tweens and adults alike. I consider Zootopia, also known as Zootropolis in Europe to be the best Disney film since Frozen (2013). It’s also on par with what Pixar has been doing for years;  creating family films with a strong message such as Inside Out (2015) or WALL-E (2008).

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It could be considered a buddy-cop film at its core but, Zootopia has a bigger story to tell. One that will leave an impression well after the well choreographed end credits. Quite the turnaround from the studio that brought you the anthesis of Zootopia, Song of the South (1946) and Dumbo (1941). 

Verdict: A+

Rated: PG @ 108 mins

Note: In IMAX and IMAX 3D where available

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