Film Review: Zootropolis

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Disney’s latest Zootropolis is an incredibly enjoyable animation. The film blends mystery with adventure for a most entertaining ride.

Bunny Judy Hopps has always aspired to be a police officer. When she graduates from the academy, Judy starts her dream job on the Zootropolis police force. Initially disheartened by her first assignment, Judy must work with a con artist fox to get to the bottom of a case…

Disney alums Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush direct Zootropolis. The film is a typical Disney picture in many ways, with its blend of comedy and adventure, its unlikely friendships, and its messaging. What makes the film so entertaining is how well the directors manage to execute these different facets.

The narrative of Zootropolis is engaging throughout. The film functions on a number of levels. Firstly, it is the story of a determined bunny who must overcome obstacles in order to achieve her goals. Secondly, it is the story of an unlikely friendship which requires characters to let go of their prejudices. Finally, and most interestingly, the film features a mystery – the case that Judy works on – that runs through most of the film. Although a few aspects are a little predictable, this mystery functions successfully to hold the audience’s attention.

Humour in Zootropolis works very well. There are several humorous sequences, as well as references to appeal to older viewers. The premise of the film is just as appealing; the imaginative city is filled with wonderful sights and events. The message of the film is abundantly clear. Like a fairy tale, allegory is used to send a clear message about acceptance and the harm of stereotyping.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman are well cast as the voices of Judy and Nick. Idris Elba does a decent job, and Shakira’s song has a good message, even if it is dripping with schmaltz.

Zootropolis should delight children, as well as enchanting older viewers. Highly recommended viewing.

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