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Zootropolis – Review


Release Date: 4 March 2016 [USA]
Director: Byron Howard - Rich Moore - Jared Bush
Writer: Jared Bush - Phil Johnston [Screenplay] - Byron Howard - Jared Bush - Rich Moore - Phil Johnston - Jennifer Lee - Josie Trinidad - Jim Reardon - Dan Fogelman [Story]
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin - Jason Bateman - Idris Elba - Jenny Slate - Nate Torrence



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Posted March 10, 2016 by

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Zootropolis Review:

Buddy cop movies are big business. And they don’t necessarily need Bruce Willis to triumph. In fact, Disney’s animated Zootropolis proves they don’t need people at all.

Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny with big dreams. Throughout a trier, she leaves her overprotective, carrot-farming parents to become a police officer in the handsomely detailed Zootropolis, a human-free melting pot of anthropomorphised animals.

Although the film invites connotations of immigration, amongst other diplomatic agendas, the political metaphors here will likely evade its pre-teens demographic, leaving such pleasures for its adult audiences.

Employing a familiar formula, one that worked wonders for box-office sensation Inside Out, Zootropolis fuses grown-up themes with child-friendly aesthetics to excite filmgoers of all ages. Here’s where the cute and cuddly parody The Godfather and where there really are elephants in the room.

Hopps arrives in Zootropolis as a shade of Monsters’ Mike Wazowski. She’s the heroic underdog determined to break through societal, and physical, boundaries in order to fulfil her dreams. “It’s not about how badly you want something. It’s about what you are capable of”, says Idris Elba’s buffalo police chief to a deflated bunny in the big city. But like all mammals, Hopps adapts and becomes the first rabbit cop to grace the mammal metropolis, growing into a remarkable, post-Frozen, heroine, whose image will soon hop around the globe in the form of stuffed toys and t-shirts.

Determined to prove more than just a token fur ball, Hopps finds an unlikely partner in Jason Bateman’s hustling fox, Nick Wilde, and together they seek to uncover a conspiracy that is rapidly taking hold of the city.

Zootropolis is easily one of the smartest, and funniest, animations to come out of the Disney canon. The universe here is charming, the plot unpredictable with a feel-good score by Shakira that’ll have you bouncing like our big-hearted bunny.


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