Tuesday, March 8, 2016

(Disney Animated Movie Review #12 ) Zootopia 2016 9 out of 10

The whole family headed out to Downtown Disney the other day to watch Zootopia and everyone left the film in a great mood.  
Just like Pixar’s Inside Out last year this film has a great message.   The main theme of the film is a very uplifting one.  The main theme is that anyone can be anything.  That even if people try and put you down or hold you back –if you work hard enough you can achieve anything.   The main character Judy Hopps is the perfect example of this.  She is a little female rabbit that grew up out in the countryside of Bunny Burrows.  She is determined to be the first Bunny cop.  She keeps being told that this is a goal that she will never reach, but she shows through hard work and determination that she can achieve her goals.    The film also has the strong theme of not judging a book by the cover.  
These great messages carry the movie plot forward and make for an entertaining and great film and although this is the heart of the film- There is something else which I believe is making the film so popular with audiences.

And that is World Building:

I mentioned this key ingredient before I even saw the film after the sneak peek at the Disney Parks.

Here is the blog about the sneak peek.

World building is a key ingredient in why Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are so popular.  It was probably a big factor in Monsters Inc. as well.   Zootopia does an amazing job of World Building in setting up the world that the animals of Zootopia live in.  There are different climate regions such as TundraTown and Sahara Square.   These areas of Zootopia make for an interesting world that leaves you wanting to see more of it.  You get a really good look at Zootopia as Judy Hopps arrives to the main police station via Monorail early in the film.   The monorail ride takes the viewer through several sections of the world they have created and the imagination just runs wild .   Like in Harry Potter where every kid wants to go to school at Hogwart’s,  I think every kid would like to visit or live in Zootopia.  My teenage step son left the movie asking when they would come out with a sequel.    
The movie ends in a perfect place for there to be sequels in which we could explore more of this interesting world they created.

To sum it up:

The animation was excellent.  The characters were interesting. 
The casting of Jason Bateman as the Nick Wilde the Fox sidekick to Ginnifer Goodwin's  Judy Hopps was perfect. 
The plot was good, even though I figured out the twist fairly early on (I think because I've seen so many Scooby Doo episodes).   
The World of Zootopia was amazing just like like Inside Out and definitely has the potential for sequels or cartoon shorts.
Disney has another hit on its hands.

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