Zootopia (2016) Movie Review
Zootopia is Disney’s latest animated hit. Zootopia is a city where anthropomorphic animals, prey and predator alike, all get along in harmony. But, some animals are still facing discrimination due to untrue stereotypes of their specifics. The film focuses in on Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) who wants to become the first Bunny police cop, and she does. But once she discovers that she is viewed as a weakling and is given the easiest, most boring possible job a police officer can get, she ends up teaming up with a sly fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to prove that she can be a real cop.
Zootopia is directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush. The screenplay is written by Jared Bush, produced by Disney, and offers the voices of Shakira, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, J.K Simmons, Octavia Spencer and Alan Tudyk.
Zootopia is a surprisingly brilliant film, from the moment it starts to it’s conclusion. Disney has done it again with a beautifully animated adventure that is suitable, and may I add important, for the whole family to watch together. It’s full of important messages about defying stereotypes, giving it your all, and working with somebody who may at first, seem wicked.
The animated duo of Judy, a bunny, and Nick, a fox, is a great one. The two characters have great chemistry and how they end up working together is genuine, and so is the way they interact with each other throughout the film. All of the films main characters are fleshed out and well-developed throughout, and so is the voice acting. There are some great virtual peformances here, and there is something special about just the actor’s voice that gave the character’s genuine emotion and believable human characteristics throughout. Because the way the animals act in everyday life, are just as us humans do. In the end, it makes the characters seem much more realistic in their actions, and the message of the film more human-hitting to our current society in the world that we live in.
The animations is unsurprisingly amazing. The way the characters and settings move and flow all throughout the film feels realistic. The directing and hilarious writing (thank you for The Godfather references and the lack of poop jokes) is able to make this film surprisingly deep and a beautiful tale. It’s so well done with care and effort, that at times, I forgot I was watching a movie. That’s a rare feat for an animated film, and only one that the rare gem can achieve.
On the outside, Zootopia is a fun, touching, hilarious and at times intense adventure. But on the inside, it’s so much deeper and darker, but in a way that kids won’t completely pick up. They’re just there to see a fun movie, and it undoubtedly is a very fun movie. But it’s also deep, emotional, and a mature movie that adults and teens will be able to pick up on easily and will be able to appreciate it from that point of view.
The music (composed by MIchael Giacchino) adds to the feels that Zootopia gives its audience, and fits for the scenes so well. The film’s main song, Try Everything by Shakira is a perfect song that was written for the movie. It’s catchy, written-well, and has messages that the film also is trying to tell, but doesn’t shove it in your face. It let’s it’s audience figure out what it has to say, and it has quite a lot to say.
In the end, see Zootopia. It’s one of Disney’s best films. It’s better than Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and most recently, Big Hero 6. It’s not only a relentlessly entertaning adventure, but is layered and deep from an emotional and realistic stand-point. It treats its characters like humans, and gives them human qualities. That is we as an audience are able to connect with the film’s deep themes and well-developed characters. It’s well written and directed, and had me tearing up at many moments. For flaws, it’s really hard to find any. Go out and support Zootopia for its ambitious, heartfelt story line that many animated studios lately have forgotten completely about and stay tame and easy with their films.
Consensus: Zootopia is a must-see film, full of beautiful, vibrant animation, important messages about stereotypes, and great characters that make this a unique, hilarious, and at times emotional adventure unlike any other Disney has put out in past years.
My Grade: A
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