Zootopia Movie Review – Released 2016
- IMDB – 8.3 | Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
- Rated PG
- 108 minutes
- Released – March 4th, 2016
- Directed By: Byron Howard
Disney’s newest and amazing animated animal film is nothing short of a masterpiece. Zootopia begins with main characters Judy Hopps, a small town bunny with a dream to be a big city cop, and Nick Wilde, a clever con artist fox, as they become entangled in a missing animals case which Judy has only 48 hours to solve or she will be forced to resign and return her well-earned police badge.
There is much in Zootopia to talk about from the flawless plot to the amount of effort put into making the movie. As I watched the film I was completely entranced by the realness of the characters and their ability to have the audience forget they are even watching a movie.
As a crime fiction fan I’ve become rather immune to the usual twists and turns stories usually take but with Zootopia, the answer to the Judy’s case eluded me till the end.
Whats more impressive about the plot is the time it took for Zootopia to come to its full glory. The idea for another Disney animal movie began after Tangled was released in theaters in 2010. Disney spent two years alone studying animals to perfect the “anthropomorphic” movement of normally four legged creatures. If you don’t know what anthropomorphic means, be sure to check out the first trailer of Zootopia.
Disney has made leaps and bounds in animation quality since their last animated hit Frozen. They developed their own wind system within the animation to keep a constant action in all the plants and fur to bring that extra feel of realism. No animal or plant is stagnant in the animation compared to Frozen whose background characters and plant-life can be seen unmoving.
Plus their Hyperion light rendering systems, fancy words for the animations lighting effects, and new tools for fur development completely fixes Disney’s trouble with hair and fur animation. Elsa, in Frozen, had about 400,000 strands of hair. Judy stomps on that record with an amazing 2.5 billion hairs, each needing to be animated and behave exactly like real rabbit fur to create this fantastic bunny-cop.
Zootopia also has this incredible ability to show members of all audiences the goods and bads of our own society. Though Zootopia is suppose to represent a haven for all animals, Nick Wilde demonstrates how the animals, just like humans, are known to stereotype each other based on their DNA. Example: The fox stereotype in Zootopia is that all foxes are slick, cunning, and cruel. These traits that Nick Wilde lives up to because society has pushed him down when he tried otherwise, opposite of Judy who breaks through her bunny stereotyping.
Disney wasn’t afraid to tell the world that racism, violence, and even drugs are problems that we as people deal with and I applaud them for that. Because not only do they say the problems but they also show how easy the solutions can be by simply putting aside our differences and handling problems as a whole community.
In conclusion, I believe Zootopia to be a new movie classic that all children and adults can enjoy and learn from. I plan to own this film and eagerly await the sequel Disney has been whispering about.