The last couple of days of aimlessly scrolling up and down my twitter feed I noticed a lot of people talking about the movie, Zootropolis. Most of my book, comic book and TV show recommendations for 2015 were via word of mouth… word of mouth in this case being twitter… or actual word of mouth if I left the house to get more milk or became desperate for social interaction. I took the advice and went into Zootropolis knowing absolutely nothing about it and I left the cinema with no regrets.
Zootropolis is a large metropolis populated by animals, both predators and prey that live side by side in harmony. The audience is introduced to Judy Hopps who has dreamed of becoming the first bunny officer at Zootropolis police department since childhood. She makes the top of her class and is assigned to the ZPD by Mayor Lionheart, with Chief Bogo assigning her to traffic duty. Along the way she meets hustler fox Nick Wilde, is given a missing persons case and a 48 hour deadline to solve it… hilarity ensues.
A lot can be said about the film – as you can probably imagine, the themes throughout the story deal with racism and aspirations with the different species, as well as the two sides of predator and prey; and it’s got to be said that the film handles this brilliantly by not throwing it all in your face but making the audience aware of these concepts but sprinkling it with some light hearted humour that’ll appeal to both young and older audiences. While some references will completely pass by the younger audience, it’s the little things like The Godfather and Breaking Bad references that had me laughing like a mad man.
The animation is gorgeous and shows off some truly amazing set pieces, most notably the detail throughout the different districts. Knowing little about the film didn’t hinder my experience, but it allowed me to play the guessing game with the voice actors throughout – the movie stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman as Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde; with a strong supporting cast that includes J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, Alan Tudyk, Octavia Spencer, Shikira and many more.
Overall the film lived up to all the hype I’ve heard and has shot up to being one of my favourite films of 2016 so far. Zootropolis has opened us up to a rich and fantastic world full of well thought out and relatable characters, all of which left me excited to see more of Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.
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