Cert: PG Runtime: 108 mins Director: Byron Howard & Rich Moore Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons
Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.
I know I am about three months behind it with this review! Zootopia (I refuse to call it Zootropolis) the Disney movie that’s more adult friendly than kid friendly allegedly! Finally I have watched it and I can share my thoughts with you (if anyone is actually out there!) So what is Zootopia about? Into this dazzling environment comes wide-eyed bunny Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) who has arrived from the country to enlist in the police force. Given her apparently docile nature, Judy is placed on menial duties – but she soon delves into the mysterious case of a missing otter. In order to find out more, she must team up with wily con artist and fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s time for aspiring detective Judy to stand out from the animal crowd and demonstrate some genuine underdog spirit.
Even without making real-life connections, the movie is still amazingly entertaining. The world of Zootopia looks beautiful. The animation in this film is jaw-dropping, and the world is so well thought-out and interesting. You almost get angry when the film doesn’t let you enjoy certain landscapes, and that’s due to the film’s very fast-paced plot that for some reason still finds time in giving us sweet and humble moments. Plus, the story is very well- done, you really feel invested in what’s happening with the characters and city, and it’s almost like you are experiencing the movie unfold at that moment; like everything that is happening is happening right at that second.The characters of this movie are wonderful. It’s supporting cast is very nice, with Idris Elba as a cliché Buffalo cop, J.K Simmons as Mayor of Zootopia, and more. But the spotlight shines on the main characters, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. Their relationship stays platonic, however they have better chemistry than most Disney couples.
Both of them have their own flaws, and Nick and Judy know this about each other and accept it. They are by no means perfect, and that’s why they are so relatable. Plus, they speak as if they are adults. Their is a scene where Judy calls Nick “very articulate for a fox” which is very applicable and is surprisingly articulate for an animated film. They speak to each other in a very mature way, which only helps make their bond even more enjoyable to see. And who could forget the voice acting? Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman give absolutely extraordinary performances in this film. I was so shocked to see how they spoke to each other because the voices were so genuine and in the moment. All the characters were great, but the main two were simply amazing. This film has great messages about racism, racial profiling, and prejudice. It captures it all in ways no animated film has ever done. Top it off with great animation, story, and astonishing characters, and you have a film that stands with the animated classics.