FILM REVIEW: Zootropolis

Disney’s animated films have come a long way since the days of Snow White and Cinderella. Its latest offering Zootropolis is the closest nudge to its sister company Pixar to date.

On the surface it seems like the kings of the animated fairytale have stuck to safe ground – rookie bunny cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) looks to make it in the big city – but big a little deeper and the issues and humour are more catered to an older audience. 

In true Disney style Judy is paired up with her natural predator in the form of wily fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to find out what is making the cities usually civilised animals revert back to their primitive savage ways. 

zooRather predictably the pair learn to get along discovering a ‘this-goes-all-the way-to-the-top’ conspiracy, which could be seen as a political caveat on some of the issues which the real world faces.

Some of the tongue-in-cheek references may be lost on the younger audience members – reference to the Godfather and Idris Elba‘s Chief Bogo having a sly dig at Disney’s own favourite Frozen – but overall the story flows smoothly and is captivating throughout. 

Disney have a habit of bringing an element of realism to things that otherwise wouldn’t be believable – animals walking on their hind legs is quite far fetched – but what really hits the mark with Zootropolis is the jobs the animals hold – beavers as construction workers; sloths working the desks at the Department Of Motor Vehicle and city run by a Lion as a Mayor (J.K. Simmons)

It is nice to see Disney stepping away from the traditional damsel in distress and stepping into the modern era of cinema. Zootropolis is definitely a step in the right direction.



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