Judy Hopps doesn’t know when to quit. It doesn’t matter there has never been a bunny cop before because she is going to be the first, no matter what everyone tells her. But after completing training and moving to the city of Zootropolis, Judy must prove that she is a real cop to her colleagues and the citizens of Zootropolis.
When Judy takes on a missing otter case, the pressure increases. Working alongside a con-fox who wants to help himself, Judy discovers finding the missing otter is only just the beginning. Can she overcome her prejudices to save the day?
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
A few friends recommended this film and, having heard positive things from various sources, I thought I would give it a go. I loved it! I knew nothing about the plot before watching, but felt Disney hit their target. Zootropolis is all about achieving your dreams regardless of what people tell you. It’s the first new Disney film for a while I feel has an inspiring message that is realistic for younger audiences. If you can dream it, you can do it!
Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a charming young bunny determined to be a cop. Nick (voiced by Jason Bateman) is a con-fox who gets roped into Judy’s investigation. Zootropolis is a story of charm, of overcoming your prejudices and not letting anything hold you back from achieving your dreams. Judy and Nick (naturally) become friends over the course of the film and must overcome their true natures if they want to fight for that friendship. There are a few twists along the way to stop it being too predictable and the characters have enough personality I was definitely rooting for them!
I can’t comment on the acting, but the animation was superb. The voices were also extremely well matched, including Idris Elba (Thor, Luther) as Chief Bogo and Jenny Slate as the timid Bellweather. Both Goodwin and Bateman set the right tone and truly brought their characters to life through their voices. The dialogue made the film hilarious and in true Disney style, referenced their other films – hence the above quote.
I have to admit; I was also really taken with the soundtrack. Shakira’s (voicing Gazelle) song “Try Everything” continues the theme of never giving up and is quite catchy. I didn’t find any hidden messages of body image or unrealistic love, but a tale of friendship, being open-minded and learning to accept people’s differences. If that isn’t a series of positive messages to send out to young children, I don’t know what is.
Whether you have little ones or whether you want to indulge in an evening of fun, Zootropolis is a heart-warming, charming story that will leave you with a grin on your face. When you have a cop-bunny, con-man-fox and a missing otter in the mix, what’s not to like?