“In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.”
That right there is how I am going to start all of my movie reviews from now on, with the plot summary in delightful italics, but we are not here today to talk about how delightful italics are, we are here to discuss Zootropolis, or Zootopia if you are not in the UK.
Zootropolis follows the adventures of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young bunny with dreams of becoming the first bunny cop in the big city of Zootropolis. Soon after she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy, with the help of a suave, but trouble making fox (Jason Bateman). First off let me say, and this is a spoiler for the rest of this review, that I loved this movie. It is classic Disney, with the charm of a Disney movie draped all over it. The main characters are very likable with great performances behind them from Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, their voices fit these characters perfectly, not only by the look of the characters but also by the way they act, which is just comes down to good acting and good animation. The rest of the supporting characters are also very likable, with the voices of Idris Elba and JK Simmons standing out over others. The plot of Zootropolis, just like classic Disney, is one for both kids and adults to appreciate, with a lot on offer for the kids but also a great story that adults can enjoy, with a twist I genuinely did not see coming.
There is also a lot of humour throughout the movie with certain jokes that will definitely go over kids heads and are deliberately aimed at adults, which is nice and shows these movies aren’t only catered for kids. The visuals and the animated in this movie is also one of it’s strong points, from the small little carrot farm at the beginning of the movie, to the sprawling city that is Zootropolis with all of it’s different districts, it is a feast for the eyes and a visual spectacle.
The chemistry between the characters is also something that is visibly noticeable throughout the movie, not only between the main two, but also the supporting characters as well. Both main characters while being polar opposites in many senses, are also both entirely relatable in different ways which gives the movie a different level of emotional depth. One minute you could be laughing and enjoying the ride, the next you could be tearing up and feeling completely emotional and sorry for the characters, which fits great into the plot and makes you understand why certain characters act certain ways. Also the scene in the trailers with the sloths at the DMV completely holds up in the final movie, and still had me laughing even though I had seen in previously in the extended clips, which is also briefly followed up on later in the movie, but there will be no spoilers here!
The soundtrack and score are also great, with Shakira delivering the main theme for the movie that is actually pretty catchy, especially used in the right scenes and at the right times. Unfortunately Shakira is also one of the characters in the movie, but fortunately her character plays a very small part, and to me she should stick to singing, but she does delivery a great song which I do think she is right for.
One other thing that I actually did not like about the movie was the first 5 – 10 minutes, I thought it dragged in a little and could have been compressed, but that is really my only other gripe with it thus far. Is it my favourite Disney movie? No, that privilege goes to Hercules, but it is certainly up there with some of the best, and I would be surprised if we did not see sequels set in this world.
Overall Disney’s Zootropolis (Zootopia) is a great additional to the Disney family with great characters voiced by a great and fitting cast, a twisting story that genuinely surprised me, great humour and visuals, and an emotional level I did not see coming. The music is good and fits with the Disney theme of catchy songs for their movies, and has a level of adult humour which is greatly appreciated. I highly recommend this movie.
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