Zootropolis : A Review


Zootropolis is Disney’s latest kid’s movie and, while it’s animated, you may be delighted to hear that there isn’t a Princess in sight.

In fact, there’s no humans in it at all. Every character is an animal in a world where hunter and prey have outgrown their primal killing instincts and learned to live in harmony.

The story follows Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a rabbit raised in her parent’s carrot farm in the country. She has had lifelong dreams to move to the big city, Zootropolis, become a copy and make the world a better place. When the harsh realities of city life hit her, she relies on street smart fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Judy’s desire to establish herself as a cop lead her to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several animals in the different zones of Zootropolis.

Zootropolis

Characters

If the idea of a movie where the lead character believes that everyone can achieve all of their dreams sounds a little too sugary for you, you’ll be relieved to hear that the amount of sarcasm and cynicism from the more world-weary characters balance this out.

What is essentially a buddy-cop movie for kids works a treat. The interplay between Hopps and Wilde is perfectly pitched. The support characters are just as developed. Idris Elba’s Chief Bogo is suitably cop-show gruff and Nate Torrance’s camp front desk cop Clawhauser  has a wealth of one-liners. Tommy Chong’s spiritual fly infested Yax has some amusing screen time also. Animation artist Raymond S. Persi puts his pen down and voices sloth Flash who steals his screen time delightfully.

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Storyline

The film manages to cram in a lot of storyline without overwhelming younger minds. We went with Eve (3 1/2) and Jenny (4 1/2) who both stayed glued to the screen throughout.

Watching the mystery of the missing mammals unfolding is very satisfying as the bunny & fox combo piece together the clues. There are a couple of shock moments that even made me jump in my seat, but nothing too scary.

You can see how much Disney has benefitted from it’s partnership with Pixar. The sarcasm carefully offsets what could be an overly-sentimal idea. The easter eggs / thinly veiled references include nods to Breaking Bad, The Godfather, a bootleg dvd scene that refers to a whole host of recent Disney movies and a hilarious Frozen reference from Idris Elba.

It feels like a very complete story, layered and with a wonderfully gratifying resolution.

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Art

The film looks beautiful. From the opening scene of a low lit jungle, you know that you’re in for a lush experience. Whether it’s the Amazonian-rainforest zone with it’s deep layers of foliage or the intricate tiny houses in the rodent village, there’s a detailed, colourful, imaginative setting to enjoy.

A train journey into Zootropolis (bizarrely reminiscent of The Hunger Games) showcase all the different zones in their splendour. It’s an enjoyable ride.

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Overall

Zootropolis is a sweet and enjoyable movie. You hear about kid’s movies that puts loads in to keep the parents happy and none moreso than this. I think I liked it as much as the children did. Parents may also be happy to know that the characters (apart from Shakira’s Gazelle) don’t sing any songs. No “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” nightmares to follow here.

Disney have done a brilliant job here. Perfectly executed and loveable. Highly recommended!

17 Comments

  1. My 3 year old is almost there. He can’t quite sit through an entire film yet but almost. Alvin and the chipmunks is the closest! Will give this one a go 🙂

  2. 30 March 2016
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    This sounds great! Except no songs 🙁 my little ones (almost 4 and 17 mths) love frozen and love music, however if the movie is entertaining enough and this looks like it is, they can just manage to sit through. I cant wait to watch this.

  3. 30 March 2016
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    This sounds like a fun kids film. Blake is only 15 months so at the moment there is no way he will sit still to watch a film. I will look out for this for when he is a big older.

  4. 30 March 2016
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    This looks like a great movie (though I read on a different blog that it could be too scary for youngsters. What do you think?) Anything that will weanmy toddler off flipping Frozen can only be a good thing.

    • 1 April 2016
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      Hi Tori, would u mind sending me a link to the blog u mentioned. My almost 7 year old has now had nightmares for 3 nights after watching this movie. He watched it with friends and their family so I did not see it myself, but there was no indication of any possible scary parts when I read about it prior. Was wondering if my son was the only one affected like this? Would be interested to find out more. Thanks

      • Jo Angel
        5 June 2016
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        Gosh ! My nearly 7 year old boy has had 3 nights of nightmares too! We only saw it 4 days ago…. How is your little one now? Like you I did not see the movie so I can’t help him through it…. Any tips on how to get him over it?

    • 2 April 2016
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      There are two moments in the film that made our youngest, Eve, jump, but no nightmares so far. There’s a bit in a darkened room when an animal jumps out. It gave everyone a fright. There are a few bits with snarling animals too.

  5. 30 March 2016
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    We’re thinking of watching this over the weekend, so I skipped the storyline bit 😉 x

  6. 30 March 2016
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    This came out earlier in Malaysia under the title Zootopia so my niece and nephews have already seen it! They absolutely loved it… it’s like their new Frozen!

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  7. 30 March 2016
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    We saw this today and loved it!

  8. 30 March 2016
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    Kids a side, I actually think I will love this ha x

  9. I have seen the trailor for this when we have been to the cinema over the last few months and it looks great. It sounds like it is a good film for parents and kids, I want to go and see it now ! xx

  10. 30 March 2016
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    I haven’t see this trailer yet but it looks great, think I will take Justin to go and watch it, great post!
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  11. 31 March 2016
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    Yes I have heard so much positive feedback about Zootropolis and I really want to see the film! Thank god no more Frozen lol.

  12. 31 March 2016
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    oh we have yet to see this but looking forward to it

  13. 31 March 2016
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    Sounds like this good be a good movie for us. Great review! I’m also a fan of Ginnifer’s from her Once Upon A Time role so another huge reason for us to watch this

  14. 17 April 2016
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    I am glad you put your kids age as I was thinking my almost 4yo nephew was too young to go to the cinema and sit down long enough to watch it. I will definitely take him to see it

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