By Allison Hazlett-Rose
Mar 03, 2016 09:26 PM EST

Zootopia Theatrical Review

As with most Disney film the cast is terrific and Goodwin and Bateman play off each other like a well oiled machine.
Zootopia Theatrical Review
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Known for their cute, fun animated feature films, Disney takes a drastic turn with their new release, Zootopia.   Usually shying away from controversial topics, this time they delve in head on to one of the most stressful topics plaguing our country right now - racial tension.  Along with other moral messages, the film artfully navigates the muddy waters of police violence.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin; Once Upon A Time) has always looked out for the "little guy" and has dreamt of being a police officer from the time she was young.   Not the typical recruit she faced ridicule and discrimination that forced her to work harder and graduate from the police academy at the top of her class.  Another message of the film, she believes "anybody can be anything they want to be".

Now in her "dream job" Judy is relegated to meter maid duty until she strikes a deal with her chief to help solve a missing person's case.  She ends up enlisting the help of a shady, sly fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman; Arrested Development) who is actually more than he seems and is damaged by stereotypical discrimination he suffered in his childhood.  With the bad guys not being who you think, there is a plot twist most adults will probably see coming.

As with most Disney film the cast is terrific and Goodwin and Bateman play off each other like a well oiled machine.  There is plenty of schmaltzy dialogue one would expect from Disney and typically, many of the jokes would go over younger audiences head but will serve to entertain the adults.  The 3-D animation is excellent and worth the extra few dollars of the price of admission.

Uncharacteristically, the music in this film is somewhat lacking.  While Disney is known for catchy tunes kids can sing along to, Zootopia doesn't have any fun songs and the theme song is a horrible Latin feeling number sung by Shakira that added nothing to the overall story or likability of the movie.  In fact, I think it is one of the few negatives in this feature

The animation is fantastic with vibrant colors and attention to detail and certainly doesn't disappoint.  The story flows beautifully and the many moral messages embedded in the movie make you want to groan and smile simultaneously. 

Hopps' optimism is infectious, as you would expect and it's nice to see Disney continue their latest trend of portraying strong females as positive role models for little girls.  Of course there are adorable characters that will no doubt become the newest "must have" toys.

One of the better recent Disney creations, this film will definitely do extremely well in theaters as it should.

Grade: A

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MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 108 minutes
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures

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