Title – Zootopia (2016)
Director – Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush
Cast – (voices of) Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, J. K Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, Alan Tudyk
Plot – Zootopia is a city for the animals and run by the animals in a system where prey and predator have learned to live as one. Moving from the country to the big smoke, new police offer Judy Hopps (Goodwin) finds herself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of a number of predators from the city and her best chance at solving the case happens to be by teaming up with fox and petty criminal Nick Wilde (Bateman).
“Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true”
Review by Eddie on 19/09/2016
One of the most recent additions to the billion dollar box office club, it’s safe to say Disney would be quite happy with the performance of their animated hit Zootopia.
A film filled to the brim with colour, life and a pace that barely allows you to question the ethics behind an animated film having references to Uber, Breaking Bad and religion (not to mention a nudist club), Bryon Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush’s film is an animated tale perfectly suited to today’s climate of acceptance and feminist driven protagonists and with its skewering to those a little older than the average Disney target, Zootopia is thankfully a film adults can find themselves enjoying while the rugrats take in the sights and sounds of a world run by animals of all shapes and sizes.
Zootopia begins in a seemingly run of the mill fashion as determined little bunny Judy Hopps (voiced with energy by Ginnifer Goodwin) decides she’s going to shun her carrot loving heritage to become a police officer, but Zootopia quickly morphs into a fairly intriguing mystery as Judy finds herself teaming up with the on face value dastardly fox Nick Wilde (voiced to perfection by Jason Bateman) to solve the disappearance of a raft of animals from the city. It’s nice to have an animated film steer away from the overused hero’s v villains stereotypes that have infested the animated staples of recent years and while the film reverts back to a sadly rather generic finale, Zootopia has done enough in the lead up that we don’t really mind to much at all.
Perhaps slightly undeserving of some of the high praise it received upon release at years start, Zootopia is still undoubtedly a whole lot of fun for the whole family even though some of the younger members of the clan may not exactly get what on earth is going on at times. With efforts like these it’s even likely that one day soon the Disney animated staple may in fact overtake their Pixar branches title as king of the CGI world.
3 ½ Godfather rats out of 5