Sunday, February 5, 2017


Movie Name: Zootopia
Year of Release: 2016
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Alan Tudyk, Shakira, Raymond S. Persi, Della Saba, Maurice LaMarche
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
View Trailer Here

Another huge success for Disney Studios, "Zootopia" is a great example of a well oiled production, which results in great entertainment for all generations. The film, focused in an animal only universe, follows Judy Hopps, a bunny/rabbit, who we find out, wants so very desperately to become a police officer. Judy manages to get accepted into Police Academy, and against all odds, becomes a police officer. She takes a job in the big metropolis of Zootopia, where all animals co-habit, and where she hopes to have an impact and help others. Much to her dismay, her supervisor assigns her meter maid tasks. In one of her patrols she meets Nick, a sly fox who makes his living through some very precise and ingenious hustles. Judy through her sheer initiative and persistence gets assigned to a challenging case, and it's up to her and Nick to figure out a situation that, if not resolved, can destroy the fabric of the city.
The directing team of "Zootopia" has worked in some very successful feature films for Disney (individually they have worked in "Tangled", "Wreck it Ralph" and "Moana"). "Zootopia" manages to be a film that conveys a message of diversity and inclusion, without being condescending or simplistic. It's a film that teaches a worthwhile lesson, in a humorous and adventurous fashion, all of this wrapped in a stunning animation that proves once again that Disney is top notch in terms of story/animation development. The story references other iconic film classics, and has some fantastic moments (such as the scenes taking place at the DMV). The voice work is impeccable, particularly the always fantastic Jason Bateman, who makes the suave Nick, both ingenious and heartfelt.
A very good feature worth watching.