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 rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of 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 (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016. Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), the very first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the opportunity to crack her first case-even if it means partnering with fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery.

In all honesty, I’m not the biggest fan of animated movies but this was so great.  What if I told you there was a new comedy that tackled issues like sexism, profiling, and judging a book by its cover.  Now what if I told that that movie was Disney’s newest animated feature.  Zootopia just doesn’t always feel like a movie for kids.  There is plenty for kids to enjoy and fast enough to keep completely entertained throughout.  However there is also this smart sophisticated side for adults as well, and a positive message that a lot of kids will understand too.  What is great about the fact that the movie dives into to these issues, is that it is done so subtly that it will creep on you and leave you thinking about afterwards.

The main characters are Judy Hops, a delightfully ambitious bunny rabbit, and Nick Wilde a cunning fox who is voiced by Jason Bateman.  I loved both of these characters and just about every character in this movie.  Every animal in this movie is pretty much a human metaphor which you think would get old but it never loses its charm.

The story of this movie is just phenomenal.  Twists galore (some you see coming) and excellent development.  Its just such a teaching story and film that it can deliver a great message to kids and adults alike, all while keeping you entertained.

This might be my favorite animated movie since Finding Nemo-That’s saying something.


Grade-10/10 A+

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