Disney’s newest film manages to hit all the right marks, while delivering some social commentary with a good message that kids can hold on to.
Zootopia follows the adventures of Judy Hops, the first rabbit police officer, and her begrudging partner Nick Wild, a sly hustling fox. Mammals have started to go missing in Zootopia, and Judy has only 48 hours to find them before she’s off the case. While the plot eventually wanders into the realm of predictability, it’s still a fun and exciting ride.
The two best things about Zootopia are its world building, and its two lead characters. If you wanted to know what a world run by anthropomorphic animals would look like, no need to look any further. The introduction to the city of Zootopia might be one of the coolest scenes in any Disney movie ever. Everything feels innovative, imaginative, and most of all, practical. Judy and Nick are much more well-rounded characters than the rest of the cast. Each has their own hopes, dreams, and prejudices that really drive home why these characters are who they are. Their growing friendship is one of the most intriguing things about Zootopia.
It may be even more fun for adults than it is for kids. The social commentary is more thoughtful than most animated films, sometime bordering on overbearing but never going too far. There are a few fun references to movies and TV shows that’ll have you in stitches that the kids won’t get. It’s not a mindless animated film, but one with some heart and soul.
Zootopia doesn’t really have “problems,” more like, “questionable decisions.” The plot gets pretty predictable and cliche at some points, the last act of the film ends surprisingly fast with no real buildup, and Shakira is a gazelle that sings a painfully mediocre song and exists for no other purpose than that. Any other complaints would probably just be nitpicking.
I’d put Zootopia, above your average Disney or Pixar movie. It’s not one that you’re going to rank as an all time great, but it’s one you won’t mind seeing again and again.
Overall Score: 4/5 Stars
Better than Inside Out, but not quite as good as How to Train Your Dragon.