Zootopia Review

Zootopia is a one of a kind spectacle that will leave everyone in the theater satisfied. It is filled with fun and well developed characters, stunning animation, and a thoroughly thought out message.

Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Judy Hopps, a small rabbit who through hard work and determination becomes the first rabbit police officer. She moves to the lively city of Zootopia in the hopes of making a difference in the community, but faces many obstacles. Being a rabbit, she experiences discrimination from the Police Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) who puts her on parking duty because he feels she cannot handle the work of a real cop. While on parking duty Judy meets a sly, scheming fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), who is a con artist. Judy continues to seek making a name for herself and eventually she is given the opportunity to solve the mysterious disappearances of citizens that have been going on in Zootopia. As well as the strange and violent behaviors that certain predatory animals have been exhibiting. Raising the question that perhaps these predatory animals are returning back to a predatory state. Judy is given 48 hours to solve the mystery before she is forced to resign from the police force. She must enlist in the help of the fox Nick before it is too late.

The city of Zootopia is vibrantly animated and visually stimulating. When Judy Hopps first arrives to the city of Zootopia, the audience is subjected to some of the most stunning visuals I`ve seen in any animated film. We get an overview of the entire city and delve into all the environments where the various species of animals live. One of the strongest points in the film is just how in depth we see the inner workings of the city. There is an entire section within the city that rodents live in. Where all the homes, streets, and stores are scale sized for them. Along with other distinct districts as the arctic tundra and the tropical rainforest. Very little about the city is left for the viewer to have to imagine because so much is shown. I actually found all the visuals of Zootopia to even be overwhelming in a pleasant way.

All the jokes have been hits with viewers young and old. While in the theater I heard more adults laughing at Zootopia`s great sense of humor then I did children. In the film Judy and Nick must question an elephant who is a member of a nudist enclosure. As Judy interrogates the naked the elephant the elephant goes into different yoga positions, causing much discomfort at the discretion of Judy. Nick finding the whole situation amusing. Here is the moment where an individual viewer as myself could see the theater light up with happy families and couples, as everyone was laughing hysterically.

Zootopia`s anti prejudice and stereotype message is not a new subject to tackle, but the way in which it discusses prejudice is both intelligent and clever. This intelligent message of prejudice being ever increasing important and relevant to today. It places the fault of prejudice on no particular characters and does not gives some rather obvious parallels to certain groups. Rather, Zootopia brings attention to the prejudice that can exist inside everyone. Furthermore Zootopia discusses what fear and prejudice can do to people if they let it embody them. As we see in the final third of the film, prejudice can tear a city apart and cause the divide of a people once united. Saying Zootopia is an intelligent and creative film is an enormous understatement. Doing Zootopia the best justice would be for me to recommend people of all ages to go and experience its beauty for themselves.

Zachary Flint

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