Zootopia – 4 out of 5
I don’t know what it was about Zootopia and its trailers but I just wasn’t sold on the thing. Granted, I didn’t think it looked stupid but I wasn’t totally sold on seeing it in the theaters when it came out. I was taken back by how well it did in theaters and how great all the critics thought it was. After finally watching it, I get it and wished I would have giving it a shot earlier.
|Is Fox News in this reality just as crazy?|
In a world where mankind doesn’t exists and animals somehow evolved past the days of hunter and prey, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who hopes to one day move to the big city and become a cop—an occupation usually reserved for big and strong predator animals. However, after Judy finds herself getting involved with the life of a con fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), she is forced to address her own prejudices in her life and finds these questions and ideas being put to the test when various predators in the city of Zootopia are going feral and attacking people. Can Judy and Kevin work together to save the people of the city or will their differences tear them apart?
|Bunnies Lives Matter.|
|Is there any role that Idris Elba isn't amazing in?|
On the surface, Zootopia has some fantastic animation and voice acting—with cast that also includes Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons and Alan Tudyk (to name a few). The story litters in some fun references to things like Frozen and Breaking Bad and there’s some fun and amusing gags. Sure, there are some predictable and kinda awkward animal-based puns that are Dad joke-esque but, for the most part, this film is very cute, fun and very funny. However, there was one thing about the movie I wasn’t prepared for and was completely blown away with.
|Um...That's not sanitary.|
Zootopia is all about racism and overcoming prejudices. What makes this incredible is the fact it tells this through the medium of a cartoon with talking animals. While this isn’t the first time social commentary has been expressed through means that are typically reserved for colorful children’s films, it still was very creative to watch and take in. Often the idea of having an animated film about talking animals feels generic but this film fantastically promotes discussion about xenophobia and does so without ever feeling preachy or being a jerk about it. This process really makes the story hit home and capture the drama of Judy’s preconceived notions of Nick the Fox and the emotion the hits when Judy realizes she’s wrong was quite touching and sweet. Granted, this film isn’t nearly emotional as something Pixar makes because they deal mostly in stories directly from the heart and this one’s emotional context stems more from its social commentary. But that in no way makes it any less amazing.
|This scene might have been overplayed and kinda hacky DMV stuff that would|
make up the material of a middle-aged comic but it was still pretty funny.
Zootopia is an adorable but pretty poignant animated feature but I don’t know if it has the replay value that I see in some other animated features. Some of the puns and gags aren’t incredibly funny and the prerequisite pop song in the film feels more generic than the usual songs that come with these films—like this song is really on the nose with its message while the film’s story is far more subtle. However, despite this, it is a fantastic film that has a great message.