This American 3D computer-animated crime comedy and adventure movie has touched audiences across the world with its dynamic animation, infectious comedy, clever plot twists and enchanting characterisation.
This all comes with strong accessible messages for children and adults about female empowerment, that size doesn’t matter, anti-bullying, the consequences of stereotyping, and the language of condescension, respecting and valuing differences and individually trying to make the world a better place.
“Change starts with you, change starts with me, it starts with all of us.”
The very appealing lead character bunny Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) opens the movie, at the Carrot Day Talent Show.
She strongly believes she can make the world a better place by becoming a police officer in Zootopia.
Mayor Leodore Lionheart’s mantra “Zootopia is where anyone can be anything” is adhered to by Judy throughout the movie.
Wise dialogue gems are articulated in the movie, like “the beauty of complacency is if you don’t try anything you never fail.”
Judy graduates from the Police Academy, tops her class and is determined to prove herself, as she is the first ever bunny police officer in the ZPD.
Bonnie and Stu Hopps her parents are worried about Judy moving to Zootopia and the untrustworthy big-city mammals who live there, especially the foxes.
The animation staging and sequencing is captivating and the fluid vivacious illusion of movement and size is wondrously illustrated when the train arrives at Bunnyburrow Station.
An assortment of doors opened in sequence to accommodate the variety of sizes and shaped mammals.
It was a deliriously delightful scene and testament to the outstandingly high calibre of creativity and dedication to detail by the animators.
Judy climbed aboard the train to begin her journey of discovery.
The vibrant colours, stunning scenery, the follow through and overlapping action of the animation revealed the variation and vitality of the city of Zootopia.
Arriving at Zootopia Police Department’s reception desk, Judy is greeted by Benjamin Clawhauser, a very amiable cheetah.
Benjamin’s warm smile and helpful paw, covered in sprinkles, charm Judy. She is besotted when she learns he loves two things, singing pop star Gazelle and donuts.
Chief Bogo head of Zootopia Police Department is a tough cape buffalo and a very stark contrast to the affable Benjamin.
Judy is disappointed on her first official day on the force because she is given a parking duty assignment by Chief Bogo.
She had anticipated receiving one of the fourteen missing mammal cases handed out to all the other police officers.
During this first day she encountered Nick Wilde, unbeknown to her, a charming small-time con-artist fox.
He was trying to buy a Jumbo-pop for his small son who we later learn was an adult disguised as an elephant.
Jerry the elephant refused to serve them until Judy steeped in and flashed her ZPD badge.
Later, Judy was mortified to uncover that Nick and his adult partner were involved in a scam.
They cleverly melted the Jumbo-pop into miniature Pawpsicles and then sold them to hamsters.
Needless to say Judy was not impressed.
However, eventually Judy secured a real assignment to locate the missing otter Emmitt Otterton within forty eight hours.
Circumstances forced Judy to seek out Nick Wilde for information regarding the otter’s whereabouts.
Nick ultimately finds himself actually helping Judy solve not only this puzzling mystery but the intriguing conspiracy of the other fourteen missing mammals.
A hilarious segment of the investigation evolves at the Department of Mammal Vehicles where Flash, a sloth, moves incredibly slowly, reminiscent of the slow motion of movies from a former time.
The animated sequences are exaggerated and the sloth’s actions and expressions had the audience in an uproar.
The slow motion technique demonstrated the sloth’s characters visually and generated instant viewer appeal.
The escapades of Judy, the bunny cop and Nick, the emerging ‘good guy’ was beguiling to watch.
They willingly accepted the challenge of restoring calm, solving the mystery of the disappearance of the mammals, conquering the fear that had swept Zootopia and ultimately supporting good over evil.
Using power in a destructive fashion is always dangerous and Judy is vigilant in her efforts to combat its misuse.
The audience was captivated by the clearly expressed, interesting and real character traits in this definitive cartoon.
Shakira, Colombian singer and songwriter voices the final song Try Everything through Gazelle, Zootopia’s curvaceous pop singing celebrity.
Gazelle sings the inspirational lyrics while tossing her curly locks that cascade between her horns.
The finale sets the tone of redemption and Judy believes that we all need to try and understand each other and work towards making the world a better place.
Zootopia is a fun holiday movie for the entire family.
Everyone will wholeheartedly embrace the messages, humour, characters and narrative.
Rose Niland, Special Features, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
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