Movie Review: Zootopia


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From the most massive lion to the smallest bunny, the city of Zootopia is a place where animals of all shapes and sizes can thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she learns that she’ll have to work 10 times harder than anyone else. And that’s just to be removed from parking duty. Willing to do anything to prove herself Judy jumps at the chance to solve an “unsolvable” missing persons case. There’s one caveat though, she’ll have to solve it in 48 hours or less, or she’ll be forced to resign. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a fox who works as a con man, making her mission all the harder.

The movie mixes a blend of humor and life lessons. An extended metaphor is seen throughout Zootopia, with different species representing different “races”. Judy Hopps faces discrimination as a bunny in the police force, with adult themes shown through animation to make it easier for children.

Though the metaphor could get a little muddled, it is hard to align real world racism with the trials and tribulations of animals, it did a good job of explaining racism in a way children could understand. The pacing of the film stays fast and light, introducing audiences to a large group of diverse characters. Though their time on screen might be short, the appearances they make are always memorable.

Zootopia is a film that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages, even if the film’s target audience is children. This film will provide the light excursion you’re looking for, and it’ll keep you having fun along the way.