I cannot tell what an absolutely delight is was to watch ‘Zootopia’. A brilliant Disney film that came out of nowhere to truly be an early contender for the best animated film of the year. It’s hard to imagine any other being much better. This film just feels so unique and original in its world building that most will forgive any familiarities with other properties. While others will strongly embrace these similarities as terms of endearment. I know I certainly did.
So, what is it that makes ‘Zootopia’ so much different? Mostly, it’s the world and the style in which that world is conveyed. In this future world, the animals have evolved to be intelligent and speak to one another in a society much like our own. However, there is also a place they have created called Zootopia. In Zootopia, there are over half a dozen vastly different habitats that are all artificially controlled in one massive city. These habitats include a rainforest, ice world, and even a New York style metropolitan area. It’s quite a site.
The hero of the story is Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). She is the first rabbit to ever make the police force and her Chief (Idris Elba) treats her like a nuisance. She is quickly stuck in traffic duty to keep her out of the Chief’s hair. It is while working traffic that she meets a con artist named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Nick is a tricky fox, but when put to the test he will be an important ally. The relationship between Hopps and Nick is really the heart of this clever little movie.
I’m not going to expand upon what happens in the story because the advertising campaign has done a wonderful job of keeping it secret. So, I think you should go into it fresh and experience it yourself. I will tell you that you will be pleasantly surprised by how socially conscious this film is of the world around us and how it subtly tackles some of the most important issues of our time. Now, this doesn’t mean that you would feel like this movie is political. It’s all metaphorical, but it is beautifully done and will speak to those with their eyes open.
Also, this film is very funny. I mean laugh out loud until your trying to catch your breath kind of funny. You may have seen the sequence with the sloth in the trailer, but it is far from the only laugh out loud sequence. There are dozens of jokes that work brilliantly well. Some of them are subtle hints at something in the world, but most are going to be funny to anyone in the theater. Which is why this movie is a don’t miss. It doesn’t matter if you are 5 or 55, you are going to enjoy this movie.
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