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Zootopia #FilmReview ‘a clever, funny and inventive original’
June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
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Zootopia (2016)
Animated/Adventure/Family, Rated PG, 108 Minutes.
Featuring Voices of: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba.
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In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

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Zootopia takes us to an alternate universe devoid of humans, one where the animals have evolved to a point that all creatures great and small have become ‘civilised’. They started farming, they built cities, built trains, cars and most importantly became vegetarian. Yes that’s right, In Zootopia predator and prey get along in perfect harmony until one day…

Enter into this universe young Judy Hops a bunny with big dreams of becoming a cop in the big city metropolis, much to the horror of her parents. Following her intensive boot camp style training where Judy is constantly reminded that she is never going to make the grade she does the unexpected, or if you look at the poster, the expected, and becomes the first bunny cop in the Zootopia Police Department the ZPD.

Treated by the ZPD as the token bunny, Judy, is assigned to parking duty while the rest of the department attempt to solve a case involving 14 missing persons. Unfulfilled by her ticket inspector duties, Judy manages to quickly work her way into the case with the help of a reluctant fox, Nick Wilde, her only lead on the latest missing person, Emmett Otterton, the otter.

From here we delve into the underbelly of Zootopia as Nick and Judy discover more about the case in 48hrs than the rest of the ZPD could uncover in two weeks. With a great plot that works on many levels, Zootopia, as a mystery crime thriller works really well. It will keep young and old alike guessing what has become of these missing persons, and what are the night howlers? Despite being a kids animation some elements and situations may be a little scary for young kids, there’s even a moment that will have the big kids jumping out of their chairs. To lighten the tone there’s a great collection of characters Judy and Nick bump into throughout there investigation. The highlight being a sloth named Flash, who has one of the funniest moments in the film. The film also has several nods to other great crime stories, like the Godfather and Breaking Bad, the kids won’t get them but they make a fun addition for everyone else.

Despite its many great characteristics, Zootopia’s foundations seem a little wonky tho. Mainly the theme of predators and prey living together as vegetarians doesn’t sit quite right. Especially when the majority of the food you see on screen is either doughnuts, ice blocks, ice cream or a shrivelled single serve microwaveable carrot. On the whole not very healthy choices for the animals utopia. But maybe that’s a comment on our human existence.

The film also tackles racism and the unconscious biases that can often bubble to the surface when a society is put under pressure. This being highlighted as we discover predators are randomly going ‘savage’ and attacking prey, which appears to be highlighting quite a heavy issue of our time. Not something you would initially imagine you are going to find wrapped up in a cute kids animation. Zootopia isn’t just a cute animation tho. It’s a clever, funny and inventive original that not only will entertain young and old alike, it also has a great message – ‘Get along people!’ – and that can’t be a bad thing.

Rating ★★★★ out of ★★★★★

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