Film review: Zootopia

I am not an expert on Disney films, but I know the studio has produced 55 animated features and most of them are about animals. Zootopia is the latest.

Mar 24, 2016, updated Mar 24, 2016

It’s about a feisty rabbit, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who wants to be a police officer and finds a way to graduate alongside large predators to become an asset in the city of Zootopia. Or so she hopes, until being told to check parking metres.

Zootopia is a place where predator and prey usually live in harmony but now animals are mysteriously disappearing and Judy begins to unravel the case with an unexpected ally, the cunning fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Judy and Nick make an unexpectedly entertaining pair and the children at the preview screening were particularly fond of Nick’s tricks.

The film follows familiar lines and it is a visual feast for adults and children alike. It carries serious messages of tolerance and inclusion, teaching children that they can be anything they set out to be and that they have a right to be different without being persecuted.

There were moments when my six-year old was hiding in my lap and I had to shield his ears so he couldn’t hear the dramatic music, but the nine-year-old and 12-year-old were riveted all the way through.

The animation is impeccable and the details fascinating. Hopefully, rabbit Judy will become a new Disney favourite. And the sloths, don’t forget the sloths … but you’ll have to see the movie for yourself to see what they are up to.

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