REVIEW: Zootopia (2016)

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2016, Walt Disney Pictures

Director:
Byron Howard
Rich Moore
Producer:
Craig Spencer
Writers:
Byron Howard (story)
Phil Johnson (story and screenplay)
Rich Moore (story)
Josie Trinidad (story)
Jim Reardon (story)
Phil Johnston (story and screenplay)
Jennifer Lee (story)
Editing:
Jeremy Milton
Fabienne Rawley

Cast:
Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hopps)
Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde)
Idris Elba (Chief Bogo)
Jenny Slate (Bellwether)
Nate Torrence (Clawhauser)
J.K. Simmons (Lionheart)
Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps)
Don Lake (Stu Hopps)
Tommy Chong (Yax)
Octavia Spender (Mrs. Otterton)
Alan Tudyk (Duke Weaselton)
Shakira (Gazelle)

Disney’s latest animated film has a bit of darkness in certain areas, but for the most part, this is a funny tale of the titular area’s first female bunny cop.

Dreaming of becoming a police officer in the world of Zootopia, Judy Hopps was always told she will never make it because well, she is a rabbit. However, upon entering the Police Academy, she trains hard and overcomes the odds as she becomes Zootopia’s first rabbit police officer. However, her first day on the job is not so great as she is relegated to meter maid. She meets Nick Wilde, a sly fox who is actually a con artist who also tells gives a harsh reality on what real life is like in Zootopia.

When the police are on a case of missing predatory animals, one concerned wife of one of the victims pleads her case to Chief Bogo, and Judy takes the assignment much to Bogo’s chagrin. However, he gives her 48 hours to solve the case or she must quit. Seeing a clue in a photo, she turns to and blackmails Nick into helping her. Nick reluctantly agrees, and the two are on the case. Despite Nick trying to rid himself of Judy, the two soon discover they are more alike than they seem and they learn something far worse involving the missing animals case, one that could jeopardize the entire world of Zootopia.

In Disney’s latest animated film, the message is that if you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. Work hard and you can live the dream, no matter what other people think. That is true in the case of our lead character Judy Hopps, voiced by Once Upon a Time‘s Ginnifer Goodwin. Hopps overcomes the odds to become the first bunny officer in Zootopia history. However, when she has a chief who just doesn’t care (and profoundly says so on many occasions as voiced by Idris Elba), she learns that everything she dreamed of is not it’s cracked up to be.

Judy matches well with the sly fox Nick Wilde, voiced by Jason Bateman. Their team up is Disney’s answer to the action genre’s buddy cop comedy and it plays out very well here thanks to these two characters (and their voice actors of course). Aside from the chief, the dispatcher Clawhauser (voiced by Nate Torrence) is quite a hoot as well, especially when he is watching an app of himself dancing with Zootopia’s musical superstar Gazelle (voiced by pop idol Shakira, who also sings the film’s theme song).

The film is mostly hilarious, especially when Nick tells Judy of a friend at the DMV, which is operated by a group of sloths. This perhaps is one of the most hilarious scenes of the entire movie as well as a hilarious reference to The Godfather in terms of mob boss Mr. Big (voiced hilariously by Maurice LaMarche). However, there are a few parts of the film that can be a little scary, and it involves the case of the missing predatory animals as to what had happened. However, we are talking Disney animation here so all hope is never lost.

Zootopia is a fun ride that is reminiscent of the buddy action comedy with great voice acting, some hilarious bits, and a little bit of darkness, but come on, we know how these Disney animated films ends for the most part. Definitely check it out!

WFG RATING: A

This film is currently playing in theaters. Check your local theater for showtimes.

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