Zootopia came around a lot faster than I imagined. I’m going to be honest here and say that it didn’t appeal to me at all from the posters or the snippets that I saw. My eyes were The Secret Life of Pets, which kind of reminds me a little of Toy Story but with household pets. However, Zootopia is a Disney animation and I love those to bits, even the few not so at par ones over the years. It was time for another theatre viewing! I rounded up my lovely girl friends and we were off for movie night! 🙂
Let’s check out Zootopia! 🙂
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush
Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Stu Lakes, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Alan Tudyk, Shakira
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.-IMDB
Going into Zootopia, its obvious that I had no expectations. Actually, I didn’t even really know what the story was about. The only thing I knew was animals living like humans. Does that appeal to me? Well, I’m not quite sure. Will it work out? Who knows, right? I went into Zootopia with one hope in my mind: to have a good fun time. Did it deliver? HELL YEAH! I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. It was a funny yet heartfelt movie that I found could relate to both adults and some equally cute moments for kids. Maybe not too young because some kids next to us started squirming around a little impatiently near the last quarter of the movie.
One of the best parts of Zootopia is its production design. The city along with its districts are thoughtful and detailed. The beauty of the animation moving one place to the next in Tundratown, Rainforest District, Zootopia metropolis, down to the little country areas where our main character Judy comes from, Bunny Burrow, reflects what they are trying to get across. Cities can live together but they also keep to themselves in many ways. There is still a part of the animal complex that will stick to what they biologically need even if the predator and prey complex is no longer there. And that reflects on our reality as well, in many cases.
Another really fantastic aspect of Zootopia was the voice acting and the character designs. Most of the characters, especially our main characters, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps are absolutely endearing. Watching their friendship/partnership grow despite their differences and prejudices was a pure joy. They had beautiful and touching and really funny moments. A lot of credit has to go to their talented voice cast. Ginnifer Goodwin does the voice for Judy Hopps and I like her a lot. Nick Wilde’s voice was done by Jason Bateman who is becoming an increasingly fave of mine. Not to mention, the Mayor is voiced by J.K. Simmons and one of my fave voices here is Bellwether voiced by Jenny Slate.
Its essential when discussing Zootopia to go right back to talk about the humor and the pacing and the message. For one, Zootopia is funny. Many jokes and puns might go over the head of the younger children but they still have some funny expressions that will keep them intrigued. Plus, they use some pop culture references like The Godfather. At the same time, there is a lot of action going on. This is an investigation in the end about missing mammals in Zootopia. There are chase scenes and danger in the horizon. At the same time, it also delivers inspirational and motivational messages of accepting diversity, pushing away prejudices, discrimination and stereotypes and chasing your dreams even when everyone thinks its impossible.
I’m forgiving towards Disney movies and animations, especially because they are usually geared towards children. Zootopia doesn’t need to be forgived though. I’m not sure it will hold up that 99% Rotten Tomatoes score as a memorable Disney classic but it does a lot of things right. The animation is beautiful, the production design is detailed and thoughtful, the voice acting is stellar and the characters are fun and intriguing. Its downright entertaining with lots of funny moments and a meaningful message to go with it. I loved it! It gave me exactly what I wanted and some more.
Have you seen Zootopia? What did you think of it?