This past week I was able to take my family to see the Disney animated blockbuster, Zootopia. And before I go any further, let me get this out of the way and state that this will be a SPOILER FREE review.
Zootopia takes place in a universe where animals have evolved and worked together to form a functioning society. We’re talking cars, large cities, agriculture, etc. One of the unique things about this movie is that the animals know they used to eat each other. Throughout the movie animals are designated as predators or prey.
The two main characters are Judy Hopps, a bunny rabbit rookie cop, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin of ABC’s Once Upon a Time fame, and Nick Wilde, a hustling and sly fox, voiced by Jason Bateman (Arrested Development). As you probably noticed, rabbits and foxes are natural enemies, which undoubtedly gives their relationship greater depth.
As an adult watching this movie, I found it totally hilarious. The jokes were fresh, the plot was intriguing, and Disney took every opportunity to jab itself with Easter eggs and not-so-subtle references. The characters were all full of personality. You really felt like you got to know them through dialogue and plot development.
As a parent watching this movie with his child, I definitely approved. The animation was friendly and there were enough jokes and puns that my daughter understood sprinkled throughout the film to keep her entertained. Going back to the characters, I was pleased to see how Judy and Nick worked together, both making responsible choices and displaying important traits like forgiveness, love, humility, and compassion.
Lastly, as a child, I don’t see how you could not enjoy this film. It is an absolutely gorgeous piece of art with pleasing music to go along with the visuals. My daughter did seem to grow uncomfortable in some of the scarier/suspenseful parts. But with that being said, she was still dancing in the aisle to a song by Zooptopia’s number one artist, Gazelle (voiced by Shakira).
Zootopia is a great movie for the entire family. I have yet to talk to a single person who did not enjoy it. This film has heartfelt messages for kids and tons of laughs in store for adults. It is a fresh take on both the animated and cop film genres. Or in other words, it’s not hard to understand how Zootopia became Disney Animation’s largest box office opening weekend ever.
My grade: 4.5/5
Zootopia runs less than an hour and a half long and is Rated PG for some thematic elements, rude humor and action.