“Zootopia is a diverse metropolis where a variety of animals live and thrive together. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a small town rabbit with big dreams of joining the police force. Being the first rabbit to become a cop, makes her determined to prove herself. Judy seizes an opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly fox who makes her job harder than it needs to be.”
I remember hearing about this film and was so excited about Jason Bateman being part of the voiceover cast. I always enjoy what he has to offer and his comedic style is one of the funniest for me.
Seeing the first trailer, I was automatically invested with the world they created. The animation looked great and the voiceovers fit perfectly. I couldn’t wait to see this new film from the studio that brought Frozen, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Wreck it Ralph (incredible). They are on a roll!
This film is absolutely brilliant. I loved it. It started right away and I was engaged. The pacing was so good and not once did I look away from the screen.
I fell in love and connected with the characters right away. The main bunny was adorable, vulnerable, passionate, hardworking, relatable, and hilarious. The fox, Jason Bateman, also fantastic. The voiceover for all the characters were as perfect as they could be.
The chemistry between all the characters are amazing and so much fun. The interactions between all the animals were some of the best parts of the film.
The animation for this film is absolutely breathtaking. It’s part of the reason why I wasn’t able to keep my eyes off the screen. It was colorful, beautiful, and diverse which I believe was an aspect of the themes and messages presented throughout the film.
The film had a phenomenal message that is extremely important and relevant to our society. The film dealt with problems such as stereotypes, sexism, and racism. There were situations that highlighted these negative occurrences.
For example, the way they treated the bunny reflected how woman are perceived in our world which is wrong. The animals would consistently judge each other based on how they look as a reflection of stereotypes in our world which is wrong. The animals would define each other based off biology and that was the reflection of our racism in our world which is wrong!
Another great message I took away from the film was from the Fox’s character. His whole life he was bullied/ stereotyped into thinking he was untrustworthy and dangerous so why would he try to disprove everyone when that’s all they would perceive him as? This happens in our real world and it’s important to diminish this behavior because we won’t be able to help others embrace who they really are.
It was genius how they were brave enough not to shy away from these themes. It reminds me of how Pixar in their golden age would make their films. They tell a great story with visuals and jokes for children, but with themes that adults can appreciate, enjoy, and reflect on as well. That’s beautiful film making. It’s universal so everyone can have a chance to appreciate something out of it.
The story was incredible! It was an underdog story, detective story, buddy cop story, political story, and conspiracy story all in one?! I was laughing my butt off the entire time.
Each personality that each animal had was just as I perceived they would have. Because of these personalities there were pleasant nods to other films and television such as The Godfather and Breaking Bad. It was great!!
Another message the film presented was following your dreams. The main character’s parents didn’t discourage her from them, but told her she should be complacent and lower her standards so she never disappoints anyone or herself. I love that no matter what, she wanted to be a cop and worked her whole life to fulfill that dream. “Anyone can be anything.”
If there was one problem which there wasn’t, I’ll probably say they could have changed up the scene with the sloths. They utilized only one trailer that was the one scene with the sloths and I saw it so many times in the theater. It lost comedic weight and I didn’t laugh as hard as I had before. But it was still enjoyable!
Overall, I loved this film. It was brilliant. With every aspect of the film, it excelled beyond my expectations. The comedy was phenomenal. The chemistry was phenomenal, the story was phenomenal, the characters were phenomenal, the themes and messages were phenomenal, and the direction was phenomenal.
Zootopia was simply brilliant. My rating for this film is 10/10! 🎉
Wow!! What a great movie!!! Me and my wife took our daughter, seen here:
And she loved it!
(Adding cute points to this review)
So it’s children approved. My daughter really liked the film but I think she was just excited watching animals speak. It didn’t seem like a kid’s movie to me. I expected this movie was going to be fun to watch, and that’s about it. It was much more than that. Not only was it fun, it was amazing. I was laughing consistently throughout the whole movie. There were plenty of jokes for adults to appreciate. The humor is not the only thing I feel that adults can enjoy about this movie.
Zootopia addresses a few key issues we have in our society today. It tackled judgement based on race, or in this movie’s case, species. Also touching on subjects of government corruption, and the lengths in which politicians and government officials will go, to hold or take control of power. On top of that, emphasizing the influence the media has on the easily swayed public. Of course, one can’t forget to mention the message of following your dreams and making them come true, through hard work and determination. Yes, no exaggeration, each and every one of those issues were themes for the movie. Having all of those themes running through the film, you would think it would distract us with a few moments that warranted an eye roll. It did not, instead I felt it brought those issues to light in a tasteful manner, without the feeling of being force fed those ideas. In doing so, adding to the film rather than detracting from it.
So the reason I had to bore you with all of that, was to point out how this movie is geared more towards adults. There are scenes and jokes involving The DMV, parking tickets, and even taxes. I don’t think most kids understood those types of jokes. I thought the dialogue would be generally difficult for a child to grasp. Not that they used big words or anything like that. I’m referring to what they would talk about and the situations the characters were placed in.
While I’m on the subject of dialogue, let me tell you that the voice actors were great! This movie wasn’t without a star-studded cast. Lending their voices were stars like Idris Alba, Shakira, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, and Octavia Spencer, along with others. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the leads, and how could I? Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hopps) and Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde) had perfect chemistry. Granted, I’m not immensely familiar with how the voice actors filmed their parts. Regardless, if they filmed their parts separately, there was no indication of that. If that was the case, it would amaze me even more than I already am, at how they gave the illusion of chemistry without fault. Ginnifer Goodwin has lent her voice to the character of Fawn, from Tinkerbell and the Neverbeast, and she also played Snow White in the show Once Upon a Time. Although I am not a fan of the show in which she plays Snow White, I did like her as the voice for Fawn. I have to say, I don’t think anyone could’ve voiced the character of Judy Hopps better. She was my favorite character of the movie. On to Jason Bateman, he was excellent as Nick Wilde. If you’ve seen Jason in different shows and movies like Arrested Development, Identity Thief, The Switch, and Horrible Bosses, then you would completely understand how he fit flawlessly into the role of the sly fox. I couldn’t ask for a better execution when it came to the voices. Great job!
I believe this was a film from Disney Animation and the first time they made a computer animated movie not in conjunction with Pixar. Actually, I think it might be the second time, with Frozen being the first. They’ve had films that we’re mainly by Disney Animation such as, Planes and Brave. But my understanding of those movies is that they still worked together with Pixar even though they were released as films from Disney Animation. Either way, Zootopia was a splendid production that I enjoyed tremendously. I definitely recommend watching this. It’s a great time with lots of laughs, mystery, intrigue, and some action. The overall lessons of the movie were something I genuinely admired.
I give Zootopia a 9/10