Monday, 11 April 2016

"Zootopia" Bounces Into My List of Favourite Animations

Title: Zootopia
Produced By: Walt Disney Animated Classics
Release Date: March 4th, 2016
Rating: PG (Mild themes and threat, some scenes may scare young children)
 Zootopia Disney PageIMDB Page
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.

But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. 



Review


I rarely do movie reviews that aren't related to a book, but after seeing Zootopia I definitely wanted to share my thoughts about it to you guys!

Produced by Walt Disney's Animated Classics, Zootopia has fast become one of my favourite animated Disney films. What makes Zootopia so amazing is the cleverness of it. The design of the setting, the different nature of the animals, even the intricacy of the plot line meant that I was fully engaged in the story and gained so much from it.

The city of Zootopia is well thought out and creatively structured, featuring various climates to fit the range of animals' needs. It's actually a beautifully animated place and the details make it almost realistic. The animals themselves are hilariously portrayed, although most of them do play out a certain stereotype that does become challenged as the story progresses. It encompasses a fast paced action story with a strong moral behind the plot to produce an amazing movie that I really enjoyed. Also keep an eye out for the humour that I found so funny, especially when they refer to modern day TV shows, movies and even clothing stores.


The thing I loved most about Zootopia was its desire to generate change. Judy bounces into a world where she has to deal with all the prejudices that come with being a certain animal. This reflects the world we're living in and how, despite the many races, genders, sexuality, that can be found in society, there is always going to be some type of discrimination that will occur. Instead, in Zootopia Judy finds that she can be the voice to change. There are obvious obstacles but she manages to really unite all the animals in the city to really accept each other and the skills they have.

For a children's movie, Zootopia really tries to break the boundaries to convey the message of diversity, acceptance and perseverance. In reality, the change that Judy brought to Zootopia is more of an ideal that certainly won't be reflected in our society as fast as we would like for it to happen. But the movie does end with her talking about creating change, even if it's just one person, because that's one more person pushing for change to happen.

Even if you don't deep dive into the movie like I did, it is an amazing movie that is light enough to laugh at and enjoy whilst still carrying across messages that will make you think.



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