Zootopia (2016) Review
by Bryan Mero
Zootopia (2016) is about a bunny. It's about a fox. It's about following your dreams. It's about corruption. It's about how society treats each other. It's about how we should all treat each other. It solves a mystery. It's funny, sad, action packed and satisfying. How anyone would guess this is all in a new animated film from Disney, you'd have a hard time believing it.
Zootopia is a place where all animals live in peace. Well, enough peace that let's a large city function that has a desert, tropical rain forests, frozen tundra and more. Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny who dreams to be a polic officer in Zootopia. Zootopia is the metropolis where all animals live together in harmony...well, imagine New York City harmony. The city is big and beautiful but there's an underbellie of crime and intrigue and Judy insists on taking a missing animal case. With the help from Nick the fox (Jason Bateman) Judy must explore all of Zootopia.
The computer animation is simply incredible in Zootopia. Animals move naturally and the fur seems real enough to touch. From beginning to end this is a feast for the eyes! There's not a lot to complain about in terms of the animation. I hope all computer animated movies can look this great in the future.
Even though the computer animation is geared for the kids, the plot is geared for adults. This is a movie written by adults for adults and disguised as a kid's movie. Don't get me wrong, the kids will love it. The animals are designed cute and fuzzy or big and brawny when dictated. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents are all going to have a great time at Zootopia. It made my 12yo daughter cry, it made my teenage boys laugh and it seemed to sit well with all the adults in the room. That is an incredible feat to pull off in a movie.
I'm looking forward to seeing it again...don't hesitate to take the kids or just go and see it on your own!