Film Review: Zootopia

Film Review: Zootopia

Zootopia Film Review

By. Andrew 

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The 2016 Disney animated movie, Zootopia, was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and starred Jason Bateman as the sneaky and sarcastic fox, Nick Wilde and Ginnifer Goodwin as the bright-eyed bunny aspiring to become the first police officer of her species, Judy Hopps.

This film is a story set in the fictional world of Zootopia, where animals live together like humans, but with an underlying sense of segregation between them. Judy, who has lived in a rural area her whole life, expects Zootopia to be the perfect world everyone makes it out to be, but is soon hit with the reality that life has its ups and downs. The conflict of the film is a case of missing animals, which Judy intends to solve. With everyone looking down on her for being a bunny (sometimes literally), the case becomes the deciding factor between her losing her job as a cop or keeping it.

This film is utterly brilliant, being such a happy looking family film at the surface, while having very mature themes of racism and discrimination beneath the surface. Nick Wilde is a fox, so society expects him to be a sly and untrustworthy predator. Judy Hopps is a bunny who society expects to be a farmer, but she is strong and decides that her destiny is to make the world a better place as a police officer. Bateman and Goodwin play off each other flawlessly, making for a very fun and emotional duo to lead the film.

The animation was gorgeous as well, especially when Judy first takes the monorail into Zootopia and in the rainforest district. The animation is so well done that you can literally see each individual hair on every animal move with character movement and weather conditions. The character designs are also so fun and creative, being a mixture of human traits and animal appearances. I also adored the soundtrack, being so fitting with each moment of joy, suspense, or sadness. I also enjoyed the Shakira song that plays in the beginning and end of the movie!

As far as flaws go, I really don’t have any. Maybe it would have improved the film to have a few subtle foreshadows for who the eventual antagonist is, but that did not really bother me at all. My only small flaw with this movie comes from having seen the trailer so many times; the sloth scene. As funny as it is, putting it in the trailer, and having seen it so many times, makes it really drag and be as tedious as the joke intends to be. That flaw is not with the movie, however, so I cannot take away from it in any way.

In the end, I found that the acting, animation, story and soundtrack are so well done, making this an all-around masterful film and destined to be a classic for years to come. I happily and wholeheartedly recommend that everyone go see this film as soon as possible. This film is essential for children and will teach them lessons that will affect their acceptance of others for their entire life. With mindless children’s entertainment such as Minions existing today, movies like these that Disney makes consistently must be put in the forefront and children must be exposed to them.

Score: 10/10

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