Disney animation has been on a great run recently. Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6 were all not only financially successful, but are all fan favourite films, and that run looks set to continue with Zootropolis (or Zootopia as it’s known to American audiences). Also, at the time of writing this review, it’s sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is not only incredibly rare, but is equal to Toy Story 3, considered by many to be one of the best animated films of all time. Yes, it’s safe to say I was excited for this film.
Judy Hopps is the first Bunny to ever become an officer for the Zootropolis Police Department, but on her first day she finds that there might be more prejudice in the big city than she at first thought. To try to overcome this, she teams up with a crafty con artist fox (the natural enemy of the rabbit), to try to solve a case that the rest of the police department have been struggling with.
Firstly, the world Zootropolis is set in is wonderfully developed. The sequence where Judy first arrives in the city is one of the highlights of the film, as it gives you a chance to really see some of the incredible work that’s gone into bringing this world to life. It’s also filled with some excellent characters. Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) and Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman more or less playing himself) are a fun pair of lead characters that are easy to root for, but some of the smaller characters really make a big impact, especially Flash the Sloth, who’s destined for a bigger role should a sequel to ahead.
There aren’t really any major issues with this film. Nothing stands out as being bad, but by the time the end credits start to roll, the film does feel like it slightly missed the mark. It’s very funny, it’s incredibly sweet, and it has an interesting and well written mystery, but it doesn’t quite have the emotional impact a film like this should have. It’s easy to see where the big crying moment was meant to be, but it wasn’t quite at the level of other recent Disney animation releases.
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