Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia isn’t simply another fun Disney animated movie. It’s one of the greatest Disney animated movies the company has ever produced.

This review contains mild spoilers for Zootopia.

Again this is a film I, despite desparately wanting to watch, couldn’t go and watch in time. Until recently, and after I completed with Zootopia just two days ago, I was left speechless.

Yes, this is a Disney movie! Zootopia is possibly the strangest of the new breed of Disney animation films, one that makes explicit fun of Frozen, one that traffics in the kind of non-stop pop culture references that you expect from a Shrek movie, and one that puts political messaging in a way, which is subtle yet we ahead emotional beats.

So, with nearly 80 years of experience making animated feature films, this magic is something that we’ve come to expect. Disney started out with the musical led by princesses, and that is what they are best known for. But, says the last few years Disney has been shifting their focus to more story oriented films, be it the Academy award-winning Big Hero 6 and the mostly underrated Wreck-It-Ralph.

Now, in the world of Zootopia, all mammals have evolved into intelligent bipedal creatures. The film starts with its main focus on Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), small town bunny, who dreams of becoming a police officer, in the so perfect city of Zootopia, where prey and predator live together in harmony. Here one can find references to the American dream or any other promise that a important city in any country offers. She also gets bullied as a child, which makes her determination to become a police officer even stronger.

But the harmony that the people living in Zootopia, have developed, turns out to be not such a great thing, once you get deeper into the movie. Here too, one can get really look, at wtat happens when different people and cultures find themselves crammed together in the same space. its not always peaceful and it’s definitely not always pretty.

Zootopia, has essentially a lot of satirical sequences, like the one at the Department of Mammal Vehicles, where the whole department is operated by sloths.

And at the end, it offers a twist, that one can kind-of expect, but is fun watching it unfold.

From a technical standpoint as well, Zootopia is top-notch. The animation is spectacular. All the animals look amazing. The compositions and lighting are more than thoughtful than you tend to get in a 3-D animated film starring big eyed animals will speak with the voice of celebrities. And I’m also sure of the fact that this movie breaks all records for hairs and whiskers. if you look closely, each animal hair looks like it was individually animated to react to its environment. Sometime into the movie, you find yourself scanning every frame the city looking for each available detail (and joke), and you won’t be disappointed.

The voice cast is perfect for the film, apart from Jennifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, there is also J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba and Shakira. Every actor and character is perfectly matched.

I’m going with 4½ out of 5 stars for Disney’s Zootopia. if you’re looking for a fun outing with the family and kids or even if you probably are an “older kid”, Zootopia provides a pereble with a lesson for anybody old enough to understand it.