Are you that guy who does not miss to catch animated kiddie films if it offers few profound socio-political utopia? Then, Disney’s ‘Zootopia‘ will serve you a lot of food for thought relating to patience and prejudice. And if you’re looking for zippy one-liners, zingy slapstick and gentle giggles, you’ll leave like a more joyful bunny.
The animation studio has delivered something of a renewal in recent years with films like Frozen and Big Hero 6, but Zootopia feels more original and breezy. That’s a big applause for the Mouse House, but the balance of humor, visuals and social commentary turn Zootpia into a wondrous example of what some very good films can deliver.
Not speaking more about the plot does not indicate it’s a fragile element, but much of delight comes out from the revelation of the characters in the film. The story is basically quite knotty and it calls to mind Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. That film was a powerful riff on all time classic Chinatown, whereas Zootopia proffers a procedural police drama. There is a fine mystery materializing and it nurtures into exploring the world these characters colonize. And what a world it is!!
Written with caffeinated vitality by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston, the cartoon is constructed in a modern metropolis of animal kingdom where predators like lions, tigers and bears live in uniformity with their previous prey like our rabbit heroine Judy (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who leaves her family’s rustic carrot farm to pursue a career as a big-city police officer. With her passionate cotton tailed zeal, she determines herself in the eyes of her distrustful senior police chief, Water Buffalo (Idris Elba). Judy sets off to resolve a series of cases on missing animals with the resistant assistance from a vibrant cunning Fox (Jason Bateman).
Zootopia brings out the genre’s necessary stream of quick-hit puns and pop culture riffs, but the most laughable moment is when Judy visits the Department of Motor Vehicles to run a license plate and gets her tolerance tested by a sluggish, sleepy and slow Sloth (Raymond S. Persi) behind the desk. Yes, that’s my favorite piece of writing in the film, which was an exercise for my cheeks for a while, a lot of chuckles churned out. So, all in all, it’s one more victory for Disney right off the bat.
Zootopia’s message about patience is a moderate one, but it is those zany moments that gives this humble film its humorous hoodoo.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Filed Under: Satya Reviews