Decided to go a little more modern for a Disney review today. I have learned to never really doubt Disney when it comes to their movies, and Zootopia is no exception. When I saw the trailers I thought, “OK they have animals acting like humans, I’m sure they have got something planned.” Boy did they ever as this movie is the latest Disney hit to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it as well won the Golden Globe, Critics Choice and so many more for best animated movie. If you have not seen it spoilers ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) has always wanted to be a police officer despite everyone from Bunnyburrow, including her parents Bonnie and Stu (Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake) telling her because she is a rabbit she would not make it. She graduates from the police academy top of her class and is placed at the best department in Zootopia; basically the biggest city of this world. However because she is a bunny Judy’s superior Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) has her become a parking attendant. Judy reluctantly takes the job and gets hustled by con artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Judy becomes determined to become a “real cop” and convinces the chief to put her on the case of fourteen missing predators in Zootopia. Bogo only does it after pleas from Mrs. Otterton (Octavia Spencer) in finding her husband, assistant mayor Dawn Bellwether (Jenny Slate) praises the assignment and tells the mayor Lionheart (J.K. Simmons) and on the condition that if Judy can’t crack the case in 2 days she will resign. Discovering Nick had seen Mr. Otterton Judy forces Nick to become her partner in solving the case. They both discover something much bigger is a foot and become friends along the way. Keep an ear out as well for Shakira as the biggest pop star in Zootopia Gazelle.
Let me start off by saying I loved this movie; it’s Disney I did not expect anything less. I thought the voice acting was perfect. I adore Ginnifer Goodwin in a couple of movies and her role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and I could not think of a better person to voice Judy. Jason Bateman as Nick also worked out; he had a good voice for playing someone very shady and sarcastic. The rest of the cast is spectacular, the writing is fantastic, the song “Try Everything” is a great listen; overall Zootopia is a great Disney movie so put it on the animated film recommendation list, but there is one thing that sticks out the most in the movie: the message it had. Prey and predators were living together in harmony until the case began to blow up. Stereotyping and prejudice may have been around, but it only increased and got worse. While even after the movie ended things got better we all know it never truly ends; much like in our world. There will always be stereotyping and prejudice, I hate to admit it, but if this movie shows anything it is not everyone is defined by what they look like and if we get to know a person there will be more than meets the eye. I wish we can live in a world without these evils, and that is my dream one day. It is just going to take a little time and a whole lot of love.